Car Culture Cities

For decades the idea of the car-friendly city dominated urban planning. It can be observed that for a couple of years, new models of urban mobility have come to the fore. Cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen show the world how car traffic can be reduced and quality of live be improved. In Germany, it is different. When it comes to changes in urban mobility, country known around the world for its car industry is lagging behind. Germany’s prosperity is largely based on its successful automobile sector. But that alone does not explain why it is so hard for Germans to give up on their car, at least a little bit. Why are we so much in love with cars? – Because cars are just great. They are the latest in technical achievements, they are convenient, they are strong and fast, they are cool, they give you privacy and protection. Walking, cycling or public transport can only have a chance, if we understand what we are competing with. That is why in this seminar we will look at movies, at advertisements, at photography, at architecture and urban structures to find out how cars became one of our most desired objects of cultural history and how car culture shaped our cities.

Aisha Aman, Anikesh Ashwin, Lukas Bamberger, Ferdinand Bauer, Xuan Duong Bui, Adam Chappell, Clarissa de Cristofaro, Fatemeh Nouvi, Gerti Gogu, Dilara Hakyemez, Abdelrahman Hegazy, Iman Hegazy, Julia Intemann, Li Kaike, Dariusz Gasiecki, Seymur Mammadraza, Zein Mahmoud, Yvonne Mitschke, Darina Nemethová, Hai Yen Nguyen, Ksenia Nikolaeva, Carla Rafaela Ebel, Joshua Raff, Ion Alexandru Retegan, Iana Samakaeva, Liu Jun, Jan Dierk Stolle, Tofeek Sulieman, Bibhup Prasad Telenga, Gabriela Torres Morales, Hoai Phuong Tran, Ying Tian, Gao Yan, Chengcheng Zhai


Vertr. Prof. Dr. Steffen de Rudder; Dipl. Geogr. Susanne Frank; DI Srdjan Mandić; DI Inga Brückner