Thinking, feeling, and doing in the post-growth city
How should the post-growth city feel? What was the result of the conference?
In the final plenary session, all the components collected for the manifesto were brought together: objects, tools, quotations, thoughts. “The idea of bringing together feeling and visions for society was certainly unfamiliar to many.” The idea of bringing together feeling and visions for society was certainly unfamiliar to many. For us too, the manifesto was an experiment. Unlike often tiresome conference closing sessions, this performative and improvised summary of the conference led people to spontaneously express their thoughts, to think ‘live’, and to clarify and discuss with participants why certain objects, thoughts, or feelings were selected for the manifesto.
All in all it wasn’t about creating or evoking a specific feeling. Nor was it about only expressing or bringing up positive feelings. Perhaps negative emotions such as unease, discomfort, stress – or negative sensual impressions, such as noise, pollution, density and darkness – are also important physical experiences for making us aware of the contours of the growth-obsessed city.