Towards Territorial Transition

Towards Territorial Transition

A Plea to Large Scale Decarbonizing

Coping with climate change and its sweeping effects requires large-scale decarbonization and poses major challenges for urban and infrastructure design


  • April 2023   approx. CHF 39.00 | eur 38.00


Title Information

Edited by Matthias Armengaud und Aglaée Degros

1st edition

, 2023


approx. 240 pages, 130 color and 20 b/w illustrations

19 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-305-4


Towards Territorial Transition presents new spatial strategies, concepts, and approaches for shaping large-scale and transnational developments in architecture and urban design towards decarbonization and ecological transition. The contributions investigate interactions between ecological and resource-related systems and landscapes. They explore potential solutions to address and deal with the dramatic threats posed by climate change, and with the social crisis that may emerge from them.

The book introduces six basic terms of territorial transition—Territory, Scale, Transition, Resource, Platform, and Uncertainty—and visualizes them with spatial strategies elaborated at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture Versailles and at Graz University of Technology. Moreover, it presents a selection of transnational projects of territorial transition, such as Luxembourg in Transition (Luxembourg / France), Grand Genève (Switzerland / France) and Top Noordrand (Belgium / Netherlands).


With contributions by Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Stefan Bendiks, Matthijs Bouw, Aglaée Degros, Florian Dupont, Simon Hartmann, Radostina Radulova-Stahmer, Eva Schwab, and Ingrid Taillandier; and a conversation with Anita Berrizbeitia and Panos Mantziaras. Photo essay by Anna Positano.


Matthias Armengaud is an architect and founding partner of AWP office for territorial reconfiguration in Paris. He teaches as a visiting professor at ENSA Versailles and previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Berlage Institute at TU Delft.


Aglaée Degros is a professor and head of the Institute for Urban Design at Graz University of Technology, and an Honorary Science Fellow at the Free University in Brussels. She is also a cofounder the urban design firm Artgineering in Brussels.

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