A collection of essays from eminent thinkers on the topic of sustainability and urban transformation was first presented at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The publication was inspired by the international Holcim Forum 2007 held in Shanghai on the topic of Urban_Trans_Formation

Last updated: September 14, 2008 Venice, Italy

Depending on specific geographic, climatic, economic, and cultural conditions, there are many, and often radically conflicting implications of “urban” developments: the hyper-dense megalopolis coexists with endless sprawl; traditional street life exists side by side with massive web traffic; the hardware of architecture is augmented by the software of the event; high-speed urbanism in China happens simultaneously with the phenomenon of shrinking cities and the slow dying-out of small towns in the highly industrialized developed countries.

The newly published book “Urban Transformation” takes the reader on a global dérive through emerging urban conditions in five continents, seen through the eyes of more than 50 international architects, urban planners, politicians, and artists including Saskia Sassen, Robert Somol, Jean-Philippe Vassal, Eyal Weizman, Teddy Cruz, Rahul Mehrotra, and Enrique Peñalosa.

“Urban Transformation”, Edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby, Berlin. Ruby Press, 2008. 400 pages, 336 illustrations, 17,5 x 23,5 cm, English. ISBN 978-3-00-024878-8

Further information on the publication and ordering details are available at holcimforum.org or from the publisher at www.ruby-press.com.

Urban Transformation. 
Edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby.
Berlin: Ruby Press, 2008.
400 pages. With 336 illustrations. 17,5 x 23,5 cm. Language: English
ISBN 978-3-00-024878-8