The exploited and the living city
Is Messestadt-Riem a dormitory town?
With 20,000 people from 150 nations, a living multiculturalism?
A block settlement with a park as a big garden for everyone?
Or everything together?
And what can you do here yourself?
Messestadt-Riem is a Munich development like many others, and at the same time somewhat different. Ambitiously planned, with a spacious park and good infrastructure, the district can be looked upon as a „model city“. Apart from a few exceptions, however, it is dominated by uniform block development with long, monotonous street axes – typical of many new development areas of our time. What is missing here is something distinctive, personal, surprising or changeable. This is an example of how little room there is for manoeuvre in cities that are under high pressure of exploitation, and how urban complexity often falls by the wayside and is then mostly oriented towards the standard of care-friendliness of property managers, including soil sealing. The comprehensive economic exploitation of cities leaves little room for lively civic participation and co-determination.