New Urban Topologies

Urbanism and society

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The world is being urbanised at breakneck speed. Exploring our cities from different perspectives is a growing need and allows us to keep pace with this development. Especially relevant in this regard, is the linking of diverse questions of democracy, allied to economic and social segregation within cities’ physical structures. Färgfabriken’s international program, New Urban Topologies is an initiative that rose from such questions. For example, those that challenge the lack of methods for dialogue between the cities’ different voices and interests. Until today, New Urban Topologies operated in the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. The work was primarily carried out in cities that have a shortage of democratic development and face extensive challenges, like endangered public spaces, a lack of transparency and significant environmental questions. New Urban Topologies are always looking for new ways to formulate societies and the city. Methods of thinking that have contributed to the birth of these new projects, are Baltic Dimensions and Patchwork of Narratives. It is the contact with people and ideas that inspire and develop these projects.

Upcoming cities

Previous cities

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Odessa

September 2016

"The Ukranian Puzzle" - about dialogue and participatory urban planning. Finds connections between organisations, activists, artists, politicians and citizens. 

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Yangon

Nov 2015

A follow up on the visit in May to promote better mutual understanding and a holistic view. 

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Poltava

Sep 2015

Focusing on strengthening civil society, the fight against corruption and visions for the future.

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Kaliningrad

Oct 2015

A connection between culture and water through the Val, the Water Ring of Kaliningrad

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Yangon

May 2015

Democratic acupuncture through art and urban planing.

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Ternopil

Nov 2014

Strengthening of civil society networks and models for communication with authorities.

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Alexandria III

2014

Sustainability, security, recycling and the specific needs of children and women.

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Kharkiv

2013

"The older teach the younger, but in the end I'm not sure who actually learns something."

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Alexandria II

2013

Digital communications were vital in the political changes -what comes after?

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Mostar

2012

This disputed area is in the middle of change. How to make this into a place that unites and creates spaces for all of Mostars inhabitants?

Jakarta

Jakarta, Yogykarta, Surabaya

2012

Discussions about disaster prevention and walkable and bicycle friendly cities.

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Amman

2012

Amman is currently going through changes that affect the growth, urban form and socioeconomic dimensions of the city.

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Stockholm

2011

Exchange of experiences and identify problematic and successful aspects of the city of Stockholm

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Alexandria I

2011

Barely a year after the revolution, artists, architects and students met in Alexandria to discuss the city's history, idenity and potential. 

Skopje

2011

The city of Skopje is a mix of a lot of different styles and cultures. In later years, the central parts have gone though big changes.

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Chișinău

2010

In co-operation with the artistic institutes of Oberliht and Gallery Ў, Färgfabriken created a space for intense talks about urban development.

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Minsk

2010

City parks threatened by big constructions and anonymous module suburbs emerging at breakneck-speed.