Transforming Cityspace

  • Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr


Cities are extraordinary complex and dynamic socio-technical systems that are in a state of permanent flux. Physical urban space is formed and transformed by a ceaseless interplay of production, reproduction, modification, and renewal of buildings and technical infrastructures. The process of urban change is driven by volatile social, economic, and cultural forces on different scales — from local to global. In this perspective, the city never rests but is an unstable socio-economic and physical phenomena. How can we explain the physical transformation of the contemporary metropolis? How is the emergence of building renewal, demolition, and change interwoven with the socio-economic and cultural development of cities and urban regions? And finally, what do these trends mean for urban policy and planning? This chapter will address these questions through analyzing trends of cityspace transformation in the global city of Zurich. First, a general understanding of the processes of urban change will be outlined. Second, perspectives of urban dynamics in city-regions will be presented in more detail to help establish a theoretical framework, third, an analysis and explanation of urban change in the city-region of Zurich. Finally, the story of Zurich-West will be included to illustrate the processes in which cityscape and urban change are influenced by the complex spatiality of human life.


Urban Landscape Metropolitan Region Urban Space Building Stock Global City 
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