The book "Urban Catalyst" by Philipp Oswalt, Klaus Overmeyer and Philipp Misselwitz, is the result of more than ten year of research and praxis in the field of temporary uses as catalysts of urban development. Urban Catalyst has been engaged in a series of project and stimulated a intense debate. The books contextualizes international examples in urban discourse and presents strategic tools and models of actions.
Radical processes of transformation are changing the cities and landscapes we inhabit. The traditional instruments of architecture and urban planning are increasingly unable to address the new challenges. Urban Catalyst (UC) is an interdisciplinary platform for research, projects, public interventions, conferences, exhibitions and publications. UC aims to foster public discourse on contemporary urban issues and develop concepts and strategies for planners and architects.
Urban Catalyst developed from a European research project of the same name, which explored strategies for temporary use in residual urban areas (2001-2003) and was founded in 2003 by Philipp Misselwitz, Philipp Oswalt and Klaus Overmeyer.