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Degrowth Daily (2021)

Newspaper on degrowth and the city
The Degrowth Daily is a research project that explores the usefulness of degrowth in the context of urban development, specifically in a situation of urban demographic decline.

Degrowth thinking offers an alternative to the dominant economic growth paradigm, by linking a better quality of life to a reduction in production and consumption. Does degrowth offer a  perspective for the (shrinking) city?

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Article The Shrinking City as Testing Ground for Urban Degrowth Practices (2024)
As an outcome of the research project Degrowth Daily, a scientific article has been published in the Urban Planning Scientific Journal. The article that was written by myself, Christian Scholl and Joop de Kraker, analyses two cases in the Parkstad Limburg region, exploring the suitability of shrinking cities as a testing ground for urban degrowth practices. 

Published 22 May 2024  MSI Maastricht University Christian Scholl & Joop de KrakerIssue Vol 9 (2024): Urban Shrinkage, Degrowth and Sustainability: How do they connect in Urban Planning DOI

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Photobook Book, release summer 2024

€ 75,- (incl. shipment,, VAT)
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Hermans' debut as a photographer presents a poetic-photographic account of unacceptable loss, in an extremely personal exploration. The book contains three visual stories. and two additional texts layers. 

Official booklaunch during Cultura Nova Festival on Tuesday 3 September 2024. Ticket sales start soon.

ISBN: 978-94-6208-691-3September 2024 Author: Maurice HermansPhotography: Maurice Hermans,  Thijmen Hermans, Wim Hermans, Philip DriessenEditing: Edie Peters & Maurice HermansEssay: Anton DautzenbergDesign & Edit: -SYB-Production: Jos Morree Fine BooksPrint: DieKeureLithografie:  WAB/MariskaBinder:  Van Hees-Patist Boekbinders

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Patchwork IBA Parkstad (2022)
Internationale Bauaustellung Parkstad

For the first time in history, the Internationale Bauausstellung or IBA isbeing held outside Germany, in Parkstad- Limburg, the Netherlands. What started as an exhibition for modern construction in 1901, has developed into an urban planning instrument that often provides a powerful impulse to the local economy, public space and society.

Read the authors’ statement, spoken on 1st September 2022.
Photo by Pascal Moors

De Antistad (2016)
Pionier van kleiner groeien

The Antistad shows the development history of the Netherlands' most aging, most transitional and, according to some, most failed city: Heerlen. 

Decades of growth pushed the phenomenon of urban shrinkage to the background and raises the question: how do we grow smaller? How do we built cities smaller? Shrinkage as the accelerator of change.

Read: column Maurice Hermans ‘De Antistad’
Video: Homes for All #9
Review: Rooilijn
Review: Platform31

ISBN 978-94-6208-285-4 | May 2016 | Maurice Hermans | design: Piet Gerards Ontwerpers | Dutch | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 224 pag. | geillustreerd (120 kleur en zw/w) | with the support of: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Parkstad Limburg en kenniscentrum NEIMED

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