Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities — Episode 2

Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities is a project by Metahaven in two episodes, co-produced and presented by Casco and Ku?nstlerhaus Stuttgart. Following episode 1 on view until 12 September at Ku?nstlerhaus Stuttgart, the opening of episode 2 takes place on 25 September at Casco where the story of ‘Stadtstaat’ evolves.
Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities projects a mise-en-scene of an urban experiment not city twinning, but city merging. Going beyond the conjectural scenarios of place-branding that have inflected their recent work, Metahaven invents models for a regional ‘city-state.’ With a programmatic reflection on the homogeneity that might befall to European ‘unification,’ we are invited to imagine a policy decision by two mid-level Northern European cities that bid to weather the economic downturn and enhance their networking capacities by becoming one – Utrecht and Stuttgart (…)
Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities generates forms that render the role of design in a managed and technocratic European reality more tangible and debatable (…)

On the last day of ‘Stadtstaat. A Scenario for Merging Cities’, a public forum with international thinkers and practitioners will be organized in order to discuss the issue of urban governance and politics in the light of network power and the thrust of participation.

Opening: Friday 25 September, 17.00-20.00
26 September-15 November 2009
Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Symposium
Networked Cities: Governance, Trust, Design
Sunday 15 November 2009 13.00-18.00
Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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