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ADS2: Sprawl

David Knight, Asif Khan and Finn Williams

Could a global re-reading of sprawl help us generate a new kind of city that goes beyond both the urban and the suburban?

Sprawl is the physical and spatial result of deregulation; what happens when the state looks the other way. In history, it has happened outside the gates of the merchant city, when innovations in transport outpace urban plans, or when population changes disrupt the state’s expectations. Today, sprawl is built neoliberalism – the free market given form. Whether high-end, high-rise apartments
 for foreign investors, or office-to-residential conversions, super bunkers, or beds-in-sheds, it 
is creating new forms of society and new forms of culture. 

This year ADS2 will take the phenomenon of sprawl as its site. We will focus our attention on a space that is typically – and deliberately – ignored. Our intention is not to mimic or correct sprawl, but to address
it, to locate projects in this ubiquitous but often overlooked spatial phenomenon.

Taught by David Knight, Asif Khan and Finn Williams