Volume #34: City in a Box

December 2012
Volume presents the latest in New Town development: the city as enterprise. With the exponential growth of urban populations, thousands of new towns and city extensions will be needed in the near future. While governments are seemingly in retreat, the private sector has stepped in to fill the gap. Private-sector development is nothing new, but scale and ambition are on the rise. Single companies now vie to build entire cities, and package their services so that their product can be replicated elsewhere. To tackle this complexity – of building whole cities from scratch – new organizational models are being drafted, financial tools invented, and the dynamic between client, investor, developer, designer, builder, and end-user is fundamentally shifting.

Meet the people driving and managing these multibillion dollar projects, directors from Cisco, Gale International, Landor, KPF, and Living PlanIT, the city manager running Lavasa (India), and urban technology consultantsa And read those who put these efforts into perspective.

This issue was made in close collaboration with the International New Town Institute.

Dutch documentary show Tegenlicht has made a series of videos about new towns that are closely linked to Volume #34.


Usman Haque, Hans de Jonge, Todd Reisz, Michelle Provoost, Wouter Vanstiphout, Dan Hill, Jonathan D. Solomon, Malkit Shoshan, Michèle Champagne, ARE + Chiara Quinzii Diego Terna Architecture, Yvonne van Remmen, Edwin Hans, Rachel Keeton, Paul Kroese and Marijntje Denters. Volume 34 includes an insert by Bik van der Pol & 98 weeks on the reality of public space in Beirut as seen through the eyes of taxi drivers.


144 pages
Binding: Soft-Cover
ISBN 978 90 77966 341
Price: € 19.50
Release: December 2012
Editor-in-chief: Arjen Oosterman
Contributing editors: Ole Bouman, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley
Co-editors: Michelle Provoost and Paul Kroese
Design: Irma Boom and Sonja Haller
Publisher: Stichting Archis