by Sacha Kagan, with a short introduction by Lotte Lutz
The Leverage Points conference will present two outcomes of an exciting transdisciplinary research project at Leuphana University Lüneburg, “The City as Space of Possibilities”. The project explored urban possibility spaces for innovative perspectives on urban life and an alternative ways of life in the city of Hanover.
Sacha Kagan will present the film Hanother – Urban Spaces of Possibilities for Sustainable Futures and the book on the project: Sacha Kagan, Volker Kirchberg, and Ursula Weisenfeld (Eds.), Stadt als Möglichkeitsraum: Experimentierfelder einer urbanen Nachhaltigkeit, transcript Verlag, 2019 (440 pages).
About the Film
How can urban citizens mobilize cultural resources for a bottom-up sustainable urban development? What and where are Spaces of Possibilities for desirable futures? How do alternative futures, Real Utopia, already take shape now? What alliances, networks and communities are involved? How are sustainable futures prefigurated and experienced as an alternative – hanother – reality?
The documentary film Hanother brings to light another Hanover, away from the German middle-size city’s cliché of a boring, mainstream, and middle-class urban experience. Hanother follows cultural actors – in the widest sense of the term. It opens up multiple perspectives on experiments and imaginations of sustainable futures. Hanoverian change-agents are artists, designers and performers, upcyclers, makers and entrepreneurs, activists, Parkour athletes and journalists, masseurs, skateboarders and story-tellers, and are also within the city administration. They are urban change-makers coming from near and far: Hamburgers, Ethiopians, Syrians and long-term Hanoverians alike.
Hanother emerged from a transdisciplinary research project at Leuphana University Lüneburg, “The City as Space of Possibilities”. This documentary film by Dr. Sacha Kagan not only shares insights from the researchers, but is also itself materializing the outcome of a 3-years long transdisciplinary research process through which Dr. Kagan involved his colleagues and students, combining social, cultural and sustainability sciences with video-making walks and actions.
More information at http://hanother.wordpress.com/
About the Book
Next to the film screening, the researchers will present the final book publication from the three-year research project “The City as Space of Possibilities” (Stadt als Möglichkeitsraum – 2015-2018) at Leuphana University Lueneburg. The book Stadt als Möglichkeitsraum: Experimentierfelder einer urbanen Nachhaltigkeit (City as Space of Possibilities: Fields of Experimentation for Urban Sustainability), edited by three coordinators from the research project, Dr. Sacha Kagan, Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg and Prof. Dr. Ursula Weisenfeld, gathers the main research insights from the project.
With a special focus on cultural-artistic as well as creative-innovative projects and institutional innovations, the book contributors analyze various sustainable development strategies, using the example of the city of Hanover (Germany) at macro, meso and micro levels. They examine the potential of such projects, the networks in which they are realized, and problems in their implementation. The book chapters offer inter- and transdisciplinary research contributions, as well as food for thought and options for urban sustainability.
More information at https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-4585-9/stadt-als-moeglichkeitsraum/ and at www.leuphana.de/sam
The research project “The City as Space of Possibilities” (Stadt als Möglichkeitsraum – 2015-2018) was funded by the “Niedersächsisches Vorab” by the Lower Saxonian Ministry of Science and Culture.