Thinking Out of the Urban Design Toolbox

Part of the Arts, Research, Innovation and Society book series (ARIS)


The essay focuses on the criticism of technology-centered urbanism, demanding a new role of the arts in urban design. Unfolding the course of history of the city in the urban age – from Industrial Revolution to Knowledge Society – key vectors dominating the urban development are discussed. The aim is to open up a larger conceptual field for interventions in the urban environment. The essay promotes Art as an ‘Urban Innovator’.


Urbanization Urban innovation Industrial revolution Knowledge society City and media Art and arts-based research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Arts ViennaWienAustria

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