Civic Spaces and Desire presents an original and critical appraisal of civic spaces for a novel theoretical intersection of architecture and human geography. The authors address civic spaces that embody a strong moral code, such as a remembrance park or a casino in various places in the UK, Europe, North-America, Australia and Asia. The consecutive chapters of the book present these chosen spaces as the interconnection between the every-day and the ideological. By doing so the book reimagines the socio-political effects of the counter-cultural assemblages and ontologies of difference that these spaces produce, represent and foster, as presented through outcasts and nomads of various kinds and forms.
The book reflects on different interpretations of the key texts from primarily post-linguistic theoreticians, such as Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Jacques Derrida. It will benefit students and academics in architecture, geography, philosophy, urban studies and planning seeking to understand the politics of space, place and civility. By deconstructing normative ideological constructs, the book uses the concept of desire to explore the tensions between expectations of civic spaces and the disappointment and wonder of their immanent existence.
Preface John-David Dewsbury Introduction Diana Beljaars and Charles Drozynski 1. Civic space—and desire—deranged: from Le Corbusier to Georges Perec Marcus A. Doel 2. Single story building: the fairytale failure of housing in the UK Ed Green and Brutus Green 3. Inside the Backside: On Labour and Infrastructure of the Casino Lobby Hannes Frykholm 4. Game of Being State: Encounter space and fictitious movements in prescriptive surveillance buffer zone village; Pyla Cagri Sanliturk 5. Archeology of Desire: Urban Palimpsest - Unveiling Invisible Sites of Sarajevo Joanna Zielińska 6. Hi-ro-shi-ma space: the pathways of post-memory Kim Roberts 7. ‘Park Rats’; exploring a violent continuum of more-than-human indifference and post-humanity John Clayton with an introduction by Diana Beljaars 8. Stygian Dark: What the presence and architecture of sex clubs reveal about the politics of public and private space in a city Laurence Kimmel 9. Folds of Desire Charles Drozynski 10. Architecture, Eros and Civilization Chris L. Smith 11. Re-membering desire; Visual tracings of a billboard Linda Lapina 12. Unidentified Emotional Object: When queer desire journeyed to Belgrade (but stayed in its closet) Marko Jobst 13. Desiring-Spaces for Compulsive Life Diana Beljaars Index