Tom Paints the Fence – Re-negotiating Urban Design


With Tom Paints the Fence, the editors and contributors lay out groundbreaking elements for urban research and design by opening up assemblages, territories, and archive layers of the teaching and research project University of Neighborhoods – almost a decade after the experiment on the Elbe island Wilhelmsburg came to an end with the demolition of the building. While making this unique urban design project’s plentitude visible in terms of city as a produced totality, Tom Paints the Fence opens up a wide field of experiences and interpretative approaches. It invites readers to actively make their way through the material to render the University of Neighborhoods’ history fruitful for the present and the future.



456 pp.
with numerous black/white and colour images
Leipzig, Hamburg
May, 2022
ISBN: 9783959050616
available at Spector Books


Prof. Dr. habil. Christopher Dell


Professor, UFoK, OT and RFoP

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Bernd Kniess


Professor, Urban Design

M.Sc. Dominique Peck


Academic Staff, Ph.D. Candidate