Living Politics in the City

Architecture as Catalyst for Public Space

Edited by Marion Hohlfeldt and Carmen Popescu

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Public space and performativity from the perspective of architecture

In recent decades, architecture has been seen as a field of practice that contributes greatly to the performativity of public space. In spite of the explosion of virtual communities through social media and the limitations imposed by pandemics, architecture today still holds an active role in (literally) building our societies. Bearing in mind its acute politicisation in past years, Living Politics in the City looks at public space from the perspective of architecture and its effective contribution, not as a prop but as an actual catalyst for embodying politics. The essays gathered here span five continents, activating various disciplinary approaches to architecture and examining it in different contexts: from a Palestinian refugee camp to the most vibrant urban axis in Sao Paolo, from the numerous city squares around the world crowded with rebellious populations, to the proximal politics of housing in Australia.

Contributors: Endriana Audisho (University of Technology Sydney), Maja Babic (Charles University ), Alexandra Biehler (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille), Tracey Bowen (University of Toronto Mississauga), Etienne Delprat (Rennes 2 University), Angelique Edmonds (University of South Australia), Claudia Faraone (IUAV Venice School of Architecture, ETICity), Caterina Frisone (Oxford Brookes University), Catherine Grout (ENSAPL Lille), Pavel Kunysz (University of Liège), Flavia Marcello (Swinburne University of Technology), Eric Le Coguiec (University of Liège), Tova Lubinsky (University of Technology Sydney), Giovanna Muzzi (IUAV Venice School of Architecture, ETICity), Can Onaner (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne), Shadi Saleh (KU Leuven), Frédéric Sotinel (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne), Daniel Talesnik (University of Cambridge), (Karolina Wilczynska (Adam Mickiewicz University), Ian Woodcock (Swinburne University of Technology)

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Marion Hohlfeldt and Carmen Popescu

Chapter 1. The Emergence of a Public Space in Ouagadougou
Alexandra Biehler

Chapter 2. On Public Spaces of Palestinian Refugee Camps: The Social Production and Construction of Almarkaz ‘Taxi Station’
Shadi Saleh

Chapter 3. Negotiating the Present in the Balkans: Macedonia Square 
Maja Babić

Chapter 4. We Gonna Rock Down to Paulista Avenue , or the Multidimensional Protagonism of São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista
Daniel Talesnik

Chapter 5. Oppositional Architecture(s): Making the Common 
Etienne Delprat

Chapter 6. The Crowd, Revolt and Assembly 
Can Onaner

Chapter 7. Underplaces: ‘Sky Rail’, Politics and Alternative Urban Futures for Melbourne 
Ian Woodcock

Chapter 8. The Long-Term Consequences of Temporary Urban Planning: Negotiating Who’s the Public in Public Spaces to Be 
Pavel Kunysz and Eric Le Coguiec

Chapter 9. Contest and Capital: The Gentrification of Graffiti in the Creative City of Toronto
Tracey Bowen

Chapter 10. Cities Under Surveillance: Sydney and Johannesburg – Public Space as Territories in Transformation 
Endriana Audisho and Tova Lubinsky

Chapter 11. Rogue Poster Campaigns: Amplifying Political Discourse between Urban and Cyber Arenas 
Flavia Marcello

Chapter 12. Urban Space and Collective Practices as a Political Matter: The Case of the ‘Piave’ Neighbourhood in Mestre (Venice)
Claudia Faraone and Giovanna Muzzi

Chapter 13. Individuals in Crowded Places
Caterina Frisone

Chapter 14. How Do We Structure Relatedness? Differentiated Solidarity and the Obligations of Proximal Dwelling
Angelique Edmonds

Chapter 15. Maintaining Public Space: Sanitation Actions of Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Karolina Wilczyńska

Chapter 16. Common World, Place and Traces
Catherine Grout

Chapter 17. A Red Rose in Berlin 
Frédéric Sotinel

About the Authors

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 15 mm

320 pages

ISBN: 9789462703599

Publication: March 10, 2023

Languages: English

Stock item number: 153205

Carmen Popescu is professor of architectural history at the School of Architecture in Rennes (ENSA Bretagne). She is the initiator and organiser of the research group Transgressing the Normed Space (started in 2017).
Marion Hohlfeldt is associate professor of contemporary art history at Rennes 2 University and Director of the Graduate School for Creative Approaches on Public Space.

'Living Politics in the City' is een boek met een grote rijkdom aan verhalen en cases en stelt, ondanks de soms wat willekeurige verzameling van artikelen, de lezer in staat om deze of vele andere verhaallijnen te ontdekken afhankelijk van de interesse en achtergrond van de lezer. ... een naslagwerk voor professionals die met deze thematiek bezig zijn of die werken aan een van de specifieke cases. - Mike Emmerik, Archined, januari 2024,