Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking by Jeffrey Hou

By Jeffrey Hou

Winner of the EDRA publication prize for 2012.

In towns around the globe, members and teams are reclaiming and developing city websites, transitority areas and casual accumulating areas. those ‘insurgent public areas’ problem traditional perspectives of ways city components are outlined and used, and the way they could rework town atmosphere. not limited to standard public parts like neighbourhood parks and public plazas, those guerrilla areas exhibit the choice social and spatial relationships in our altering towns.

With approximately twenty illustrated case experiences, this quantity exhibits how cases of rebel public area take place the world over. Examples diversity from neighborhood gardening in Seattle and la, road dancing in Beijing, to the transformation of parking areas into transitority parks in San Francisco.

Drawing at the reviews and information of people largely engaged within the real implementation of those areas, Insurgent Public Space is a distinct cross-disciplinary method of the research of public area use, and the way it's used in the modern, city international. beautiful to pros and scholars in either city reports and extra social classes, Hou has introduced jointly helpful commentaries on a space of urbanism which has, up formerly, been mostly overlooked.

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2 The author would like to express her gratitude to research assistants from Peking University who contributed their effort, energy and insight to this project: Xiang Yunke, Han Yanfei, Zhang Yuping, Zhu Min, Liu Haofei, Minyu Fang, Deng Tingting, Xu Jingsi, Hou Anyang, Xu Liyan, Peng Siyuan; and also part-time research assistants: Xu Zhiyi, Shen Fanbu, Zhao Zhigang, and Hu Jiawen, who helped with exploratory research in 2004–2006 and in the summer of 2007. Special thanks also to Dihua Li and Kongjian Yu, and to Carl Steinitz and Peter K.

After they finish dancing, this space is slowly reoccupied by mobile barbers and retired chess players who linger here through the afternoon. , middle-aged and young couples arrive on the north side of the concrete columns to dance tango, while younger men and women gather at the south side of the concrete columns, dancing to Chinese pop music. , a middle-aged couple arrives by bicycle at the deserted site. There is a portable stove and large steel pot affixed to the back of one bicycle. When parked the bicycle becomes a late-night dumpling kiosk for taxi drivers on their night shift.

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