Stop and Go

From Sternberg Press / Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Stop and Go

Nodes of Transformation and Transition

Edited by Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel

Investigations of people in transit across the informal hubs, terminals, and nodes that crisscross Eastern Europe and Vienna.

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Investigations of people in transit across the informal hubs, terminals, and nodes that crisscross Eastern Europe and Vienna.

Stop and Go is a research project by architect and artist Michael Hieslmair and cultural historian Michael Zinganel that focuses on the transformation of the informal hubs, terminals, and nodes along Pan-European transport corridors in Eastern Europe and Vienna. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain and the expansion of the EU, the need to improve infrastructure and develop faster connections between places affected the public realm at the margins and even in the center of cities. Stop and Go investigates the people in transit across these transnational networks with descriptive text, images, and maps.


$26.00 T ISBN: 9783956794957 256 pp. | 6.5 in x 8.5 in 47 color illus., 21 b&w illus.

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Michael Hieslmair

Michael Hieslmair is an artist and architect currently teaching at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Technology in Graz.

Michael Zinganel

Michael Zinganel works as cultural historian, writer, and curator, in Vienna.


  • What a joy to read a text that focuses on rich descriptions of the often hidden lives of people in motion along the routes, corridors, and places that underpin the contemporary world. Stop and Go exemplifies wonderfully what Doreen Massey called the geographies of responsibility … the need to understand the underlying infrastructures and extended relations in which we are embedded. The book is beautifully produced and offers the reader wonderfully sensitive descriptions, artistically rendered images and maps, and a sensitivity to subjects in motion.

    John Pickles

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Stop and Go contributes to a re-centering of the cultural geography of the continent in identifying, charting, and conceptualizing the actors and agents in a fascinating network of the trans-national exchange of people, goods, and ideas. The volume challenges our understanding of these arteries as primarily resulting from governing bodies and instead uncovers a vibrant net of interaction among often marginalized agents of mobility and exchange in the sense of a vernacular cosmopolitanism. By investigating sites on marginality it both complicates and politicizes simple notions mobility and trans-national migration.

    Martino Stierli

    The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA