Direct Urbanism



Jane Rendell

Paul O’Neill and Mick Wilson
with transparadiso

German/ English
216 pages, numerous ills. in color
With supplement and poster
Paperback with linen, 27,5 x  19,8 cm

Euro 32,–
ISBN 978-3-6984-408-4

Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg


subsidized by:
departure Vienna, City of Salzburg, Region of Salzburg, Region of Styria

Direct Urbanism

After more than twelve years of transdisciplinary practice, the book designed by Lupo & Burtscher, Bolzano, and Schienerl D/AD, Vienna, introduces the extensive work of »transparadiso«: The oeuvre ranges here from a committed architectural practice down to diverse artistic-urban interventions which, now methodically sharpened as »direct urbanism« lift the dichotomy between planning and urban activism. The desire for a collective topos that is supported by collaborative actions and the potential of macro-utopias is common to all the different projects.

An interview with Paul O’Neill and Mick Wilson as well as a text by Jane Rendell link the discourse to the projects with their diverse contexts.

Direct Urbanism introduces art and artistic strategies as a durational process in urban development - on an equal level to conventional planning strategies:
> for a socially engaged and process orientated urban development
> for addressing current urban issues as complex societal issues
> emphasizing public space as space for appropriation by the inhabitants/ users

Direct Urbanism is a new method of planning beyond „bottom up“ and „top down“.