Places outside the cities unite communities and individuals through meanings assigned to their built and natural landscapes. Since 2010, ANCB is not only concerned with urban issues, but has intensified its focus on the future of rural developments. The ANCB theme focuses on fresh concepts and rethought design approaches with which to understand and plan rural regions. Conceptual understandings of the region as only a supportive hinterland for the city appear invalid, out of date and ineffective; as are the design and planning tools and instruments grown from this thinking. Rather, as an examination of recent generations of economic, environmental and recreational activities in the rural region can demonstrate, the region is built upon spatial interdependencies that are increasingly autonomous of the city ‘proper’. The goal of the project is to identify and highlight strategies for the development of a future sustainable rural area, connected to the Metropolitan areas and cities in the digital age. Another aim of the project is to explore what choices, offers and services are needed to identify a new regional self-conciousness and create an attractive environment for the next generation of rural citizens. This includes creating new visions and opportunities for a circular economy and local products.
Our age of urbanisation has focussed primarily on city inhabitants, while developments in rural areas drifted into the background. As a result, a binary differentiation between centre and periphery arose, which no longer took (inter)dependencies into account. Thus, topics such as increasing landflight, aging as well as the stigma of intolerance and exclusion have been given more and more space. For a number of years, it has emerged that the society fundamentally questioned the various processes and practices that agriculture had developed under the pressure of the producer prices and cost savings. The lost knowledge about modern agriculture and animal husbandry is now followed by a phase of new appreciation and increased interest in supply, animal welfare and sustainability. The interrelationship between rural production and urban culture is increasingly being placed in the center of the society. This includes awareness in the context of urban agriculture, local markets, organic food stores, regional and seasonal consciousness and ecological strategies, as well as a new density and rising consumption.