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Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities [Jeffrey Hou] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. These 'insurgent public spaces' challenge conventional views of how urban areas are defined and used, and how they can transform the city environment. Author(s): Szibbo, Nicola | Abstract: A review of Hou's recent book, a collection of essays on insurgent use of public spaces around the world.
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Appealing to professionals and students in both insurgent public space studies and more social courses, Hou has brought together valuable commentaries on an area of urbanism which has, up until now, been largely ignored.
Reviews "[W]hat this book provides through its narratives are strategies which have led to at least some remaking of the cities mentioned and through that hope for more inclusive cities in the future. Furthermore, the case studies are illustrated insurgent public space a good number of well-chosen and eye-catching photographs.
Dancing in the Streets of Beijing: Public space is approached as an always contested terrain, as never complete and constantly in insurgent public space state of emergence.
Constructive socio-political processes associated insurgent public space it, it is claimed, are not innate, but the fruit of concerted struggle.
Subsequently, the author outlines contemporary setbacks, commenting on new forms of public space ownership, commodification and control.
Theoretically, the book is informed by a variety of critical viewpoints, which are briefly sketched in the insurgent public space pages Cities, he points out are emerging as a principal domain for such renegotiation. Particular forms insurgent public space popular mobilization and community struggles centering, for example, on housing and land conflict issues create new possibilities for transformative democratic politics by bringing forward the ambiguities and antagonisms of social life.
Insurgent Public Space builds on these arguments. It brings together experiences of scholars, planners, artists and activists who have been vigorously involved in the making of heterogeneous, fluid and insurgent public space public spaces.
Each chapter tells a story related to a different social and cultural context, aiming to inform, instigate and enable instances of insurgent place-making.
And there are a lot of examples on offer. All the twenty-one chapters of this book including the introduction insurgent public space the growing variety of actions and practices through which individuals and community groups actively insurgent public space in public space contestation and remaking.
Examples range from community gardening in Seattle and Los Angeles, street dancing in Beijing, to insurgent public space transformation of parking spaces into temporary parks in San Francisco. No longer confined insurgent public space traditional public areas like neighbourhood parks and public plazas, these guerrilla spaces express the alternative social and spatial relationships in our changing cities.
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