Loose Space: Diversity and Possibility in Urban Life

Loose Space: Diversity and Possibility in Urban Life

by Karen Franck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415701171

ISBN-13: 9780415701174

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In cities around the world people use a variety of public spaces to relax, to protest, to buy and sell, to experiment and to celebrate. Loose Space explores the many ways that urban residents, with creativity and determination, appropriate public space to meet their own needs and desires. Familiar or unexpected, spontaneous or planned, momentary or long-lasting,

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In cities around the world people use a variety of public spaces to relax, to protest, to buy and sell, to experiment and to celebrate. Loose Space explores the many ways that urban residents, with creativity and determination, appropriate public space to meet their own needs and desires. Familiar or unexpected, spontaneous or planned, momentary or long-lasting, the activities that make urban space loose continue to give cities life and vitality.

The book examines physical spaces and how people use them. Contributors discuss a wide range of recreational, commercial and political activities; some are conventional, others are more experimental. Some of the activities occur alongside the intended uses of planned public spaces, such as sidewalks and plazas; other activities replace former uses, as in abandoned warehouses and industrial sites. The thirteen case studies, international in scope, demonstrate the continuing richness of urban public life that is created and sustained by urbanites themselves

  • Presents a fresh way of looking at urban public space, focusing on its positive uses and aspects.
  • Comprises 13 detailed, well-illustrated case studies based on sustained observation and research by social scientists, architects and urban designers.
  • Looks at a range of activities, both everyday occurrences and more unusual uses, in a variety of public spaces — planned, leftover and abandoned.
  • Explores the spatial and the behavioral; considers the wider historical and social context.
  • Addresses issues of urban research, architecture, urban design and planning.
  • Takes a broad international perspective with cases from New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome, Guadalajara, Athens, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Bangkok, Kandy, Buffalo, and the North of England.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415701174
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,306,179
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Tying Down Loose Space Appropriation Found Spaces: Freedom of Choice in Public Life. Open-Ended Space: Urban Streets in Two Cultural Contexts. Betwixt and Between: Building Thresholds, Liminality and Public Space Tension Urban Appropriation and Loose Spaces in the Guadalajara Cityscape. Urban Slippage: Smooth and Striated Streetscapes in Bangkok. Transforming Public Space into Sites of Mourning and Free Expression. Central Park: The Aesthetics of Order and the Appearance of Looseness Resistance Heterotopias and the Experience of Porous Space. Stalker on Location. Dead Zones, Outdoor Rooms and the Architecture of Transgression Discovery Social Practices, Sensual Excess and Aesthetic Transgression in Industrial Ruins. Unruly and Robust: An Abandoned Industrial River. Patterns of the Unplanned. Annotated Bibliography

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