The Perivállonistic Manifesto

                        

The Perivàllonistic Manifesto (2020)

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Chair of Urban Design, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

In light of the fact that the society of the Capitalocene is doomed to fail, 

we see it as our responsibility to herald in the era of the Perivàllocene (Greek περιβάλλον [perivallon] = the environment). 

We are convinced that a new, global way of thinking and living in harmony with nature is essential to sustain 

existing and future generations, as well as other species on the planet. To achieve this state of harmony, 

we believe a fundamental change in social values and norms is crucial. 


In light of the fact that the society of the Capitalocene is doomed to fail, we see it as our responsibility to herald in the era of the Perivàllocene (Greek περιβάλλον [perivallon] = the environment). 

We are convinced that a new, global way of thinking and living in harmony with nature is essential to sustain existing and future generations, as well as other species on the planet. 

To achieve this state of harmony, we believe a fundamental change in social values and norms is crucial. 


It is therefore our duty to create an urban and social premise on the road to perivàllonism. It is time to rethink and reshape the old city ring of Munich. Our goal is to free the heart of the city from its oversized ring road and implement sustainable and liveable urban situations. 

It is therefore our duty to create an urban and social premise on the road to perivàllonism. It is time to 

rethink and reshape the old city ring of Munich. Our goal is to free the heart of the city from its oversized ring road 

and implement sustainable and liveable urban situations. 

Continue scrolling to experience the transformation

Location 1: Sendlinger Tor, Munich (Germany)

Aerial view

Satellite image © Google Maps


This aerial shot demonstrates, how both vegetation and waterways can weave their way back to the centre of Munich and thus remove the concrete barrier of the wide roadways, which left the heart of town virtually disconnected from the rest of the city for the past fifty years.

Location 2: Sendlinger Tor, Munich (Germany)

Atmospheric image

Illustration © Tim Keim


The situation presents itself similarly from the pedestrian’s perspective. Public spaces inside urban areas, such as this city square, are considered as multi-functional spaces. While being accessible for all species, these inclusive spaces are primarily designed for human interaction. 

Location 3: Isartor, Munich (Germany)

Aerial view

Satellite image © Google Maps


Similarly to the situation at Sendlinger Tor, the area around another historic city garte, the Isartor was intensively modified after World War II to accommodate more space for the automobile by creating the Altstadtring, the city’s old town ring road with up to six heavily used car lanes.

Location 4: Typical courtyard situation, Munich (Germany)

Atmospheric image

Illustration © Tim Keim


The perivàllonistic principles question the roles seen in traditional planning processes and encourage more participatory bottom-up methods, allowing for individually tailored solutions to reach sustainability goals. The stakeholders create social ownership structures for new cooperative housing models and share amenities both inside and outside the building.

Location 5: Brienner and Gabelsberger Straße, Munich (Germany)

Aerial view

Satellite image © Google Maps


Home to many world-class museums as well as the Technical University, this neighborhood known as Maxvorstadt is also extremely isolated from the heart of Munich by the old city ring. Even though the area can easily be reached by foot, walking along the busy streets is not an attractive solution. 

Location 6: Sonnenstraße, Munich (Germany)

Atmospheric image

Illustration © Freya Probst & Tim Keim


New buildings are to be constructed with local and sustainable materials and existing buildings will be retrofitted with green technologies or rooftop gardens and farms. Structural change, gentrification and segregation can be prevented by the smart redevelopment of land and realizing a "city of short distances", putting all relevant services within walking distance. 

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