Never-never School'19: Mapping the In-between


International summer school

Košice, Slovakia

28.8. – 6.9.2019

23. 2. 2020 - Book launch and film premiere

Never-never school meets Budapest to discuss the topic and results of the summer school 2019 and present the book (Available in Shop):


Interdisciplinary methods for envisioning other futures

The bilingual publication is the outcome of the international summer school that explored the potential of interdisciplinary mapping and utopian visioning as an alternative way of developing the city. During the school, various proposals were made as actual alternatives to those of the commodified real estate market and the dreams of large developments of filling in the ‘empty’ spaces of the many brownfields. The collected texts are a unique insight into the new possible models of cooperation and collaboration that were developed in Košice, Slovakia, with the help of the school’s participants.

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About the Never-never school 2019

In the current urban discourse, we tend to envision cities as constantly growing structures. Even in the “shrinking” or stagnating post-socialist European cities we dream of large developments to fill in the “empty” spaces of the many brownfields. Alternative proposals to those of the commodified real estate market are non-existent or quickly hushed away.

During this year’s summer school we will take a closer look at one such site stretched along the river Hornad, near the city centre of Kosice, Slovakia. Trapped in a permanent limbo state between the utopian desire of future city district and stagnating reality, there is a peculiar quality to its in-betweenness. We want to consider the site not as a blank void soon to be filled but as an already existing network of dynamic human and non-human relationships that could be the starting point for degrowth utopias beyond the anthropocentric present.

Through different methods of mapping, phenomenological research and dramatical storytelling we want to give voice to various present and future actors and thus smoothly move between now and then.

Get in touch if you are interested in collaborating. We are particularly interested in mapping experts and open-minded publishers.

see also other years of the Never-never school