1st Edition

Social Practices and City Spaces Towards a Cooperative and Inclusive Inhabited Space

Edited By Kyriaki Tsoukala Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the relationship between social practices and built space, focusing on current cooperative/participative and posthuman approaches to its production and management. From a social-cultural-and-ecological perspective, it explores the modes of engagement of all factors in the constitutional processes of inhabited space.

    Throughout this interdisciplinary collection, built space is reconsidered in the light of other schools of thought such as philosophy, anthropology, social sciences and political theories and practices. It covers new ground at conceptual, epistemic and methodological levels, focusing on inhabited space from within the framework of globalisation, biopolitics, cultural changes, environmental crisis and new technologies. Organised into three parts, Parts 1 and 2 focus on the role of architects in the emergence of a new ethos for habitation, as well as the modalities of the inclusion of differences in design, discussing the importance of participation and narrative at a theoretical and practical level in architecture. In the third part, the chapters delve into questions regarding the intersection of design, ecology and technoscience in a posthuman approach, which might support the inclusion of differences in design and the emergence of a new environmental ethos.

    Providing a stimulating landscape of arguments and challenges to new readings of architecture, society and the environment, this book will be of interest to researchers, students and professionals of architecture, urban planning, anthropology and philosophy.

    Part 1: Timeless connections between society and builtscape


    Kyriaki Tsoukala

    1. Public ethics and moral significance of landscape: Political correlations, bodily emancipation and neoteric bourgeois identity

    Konstantinos Moraitis

    2. Letters: 1519, 1796, 2020 - The architect's public discourse 

    Vassiliki Petridou 

    3. The three-dimensional ethos

    Anastasios M. Kotsiopoulos

    Part 2: Contemporary interweavings: Participatory social practices and inhabited space


    Kyriaki Tsoukala 

    4.  Revisiting the practices and ethics of participatory design: Learning from contemporary Latin American examples

    Stavros Stavrides

    5.  Co-design in real time: Research and design in Brussels and Valparaiso

    David Vanderburgh

    6. Place-making from the Urban Palimpsest

    Kathrin Golda-Pongratz

    7. Architectural toolbar and art of dwelling: Antagonistic antinomies of a spatial ethos

    Kyriaki Tsoukala

    8.  Spatial plots: Three epistemological models

    Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou

    Part 3: Contemporary interweavings: Socio-environmental inclusive approaches to inhabited space


    Kyriaki Tsoukala

    9. Acting and spatial framing: Towards a political topology of the terrestrial

    Yannis Stavrakakis

    10. Space, biopolitics and democracy

    Aris Stilianou

    11. Eco-phenomenology and environmental ethics: Observations on topos with reference to Stalker by Andrey Tarkovsky

    Stavros Alifragkis

    12. Technospatial entanglements of infrastructural bio-/politics

    Chara Stergiou

    13.  Interwoven lines of cultural expressions

    Nikolia-Sotiria Kartalou

    14. ‘Posthuman’ architecture: Contemporary approaches of the human, technology, and nature within the built environment

    Anastasia-Sasa Lada   


    Kyriaki Tsoukala is Professor Emerita at the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She received the title of doctorate of Social Sciences, as well as the title of doctorate of Urban Geography from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and also holds the title of Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) from the University of Paris X-Nanterre in the Organisation of Space. Tsoukala has published numerous articles in scientific and architectural journals and books in Greece, France and the United Kingdom. Key topics of focus include: the link between architecture and the human sciences and philosophy; places of the upbringing of children and youth; the affiliation between the child-urban spaces; and the theories of Socio-Psychology of Space. She has written the following books: Trends in School Architecture-From the child centered functionality to the postmodern approach (1997, Thessaloniki/Paratiritis, in Greek), L’image de la ville chez l’enfant (2001, Paris/Anthropos-Economica), Les territoires urbains de l’enfant (2007, Paris/L’Harmattan), Child urban territories, Architecture and mental representations (2005, Athens/Gutenerg, in Greek), Urbanisation and Identity (2009, Thessaloniki/Epikentro, in Greek), Fluid Space and Reflective Counterpoints on Education (2015, Thessaloniki/Epikentro, in Greek), Fluid Space and Transformational Learning (2017, London/Routledge) and Body and Architecture (2023, Thessaloniki/Epikentro, in Greek).