MONU 26: Decentralized Urbanism



An interview with Lars Lerup on decentralised urbanism in the United Kingdom, United States, and the Netherlands kicks off this issue. It then goes on to explore the many facets of this concept at different scales. What does centrality mean for cities today? It addresses subjects like how “Paris had to be killed to save its homeland”, suburban identities in Frankfurt and Toronto, decentralised consumerism, the periphery as a prime location for radical modernisation, the potential shortfalls of automated vehicles, commuting within metropolises, and rising nomadic populations. With contributions by Michael Wolf, Keller Easterling, Constantina Theodorou, and many more.

MONU (Magazine on Urbanism) is a unique biannual international forum for architects, urbanists and theorists that are working on urban topics. MONU focuses on the city in a broad sense, including its politics, economy, geography, ecology, its social aspects, as well as its physical structure and architecture. Therefore architecture is one of many fields covered by the magazine - fields which are all brought together under the catch-all term “urbanism”. MONU is an independent, non-conformist, niche publication that collects critical articles, images, concepts, and urban theories from architects, urbanists and theorists from around the world on a given topic.

MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives and provides a platform for comparative analysis. The different viewpoints, contexts and methods of analysis allow for an exploration of various topics in a rich fashion. The combination of the writings and projects created within different cultures and from different professional backgrounds generates new insights in the complex phenomena connected to cities. MONU functions as a platform for the exchange of ideas and thus constitutes a collective intelligence on urbanism.