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Spatial Transformations
Kaleidoscopic Perspectives on the Refiguration of Spaces

ISBN 9781032114538
Published October 18, 2021 by Routledge
342 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

This book examines a variety of subjective spatial experiences and knowledge production practices in order to shed new light on the specifics of contemporary socio-spatial change, driven as it is by inter alia, digitalization, transnationalization, and migration. Considering the ways in which emerging spatial phenomena are conditioned by an increasing interconnectedness, this book asks how spaces are changing as a result of mediatization, increased mobility, globalization, and social dislocation. With attention to questions surrounding the negotiation and (visual) communication of space, it explores the arrangements, spatialities, and materialities that underpin the processes of spatial refiguration by which these changes come about. Bringing together the work of leading scholars from across diverse range disciplines to address questions of socio-spatial transformation, this volume will appeal to sociologists and geographers, as well as scholars and practitioners of urban planning and architecture.

Table of Contents

1. Navigating Spatial Transformations Through the Refiguration of Spaces  Part I: Spatiality and Temporality  2. The Refiguration of Space, Circulation, and Mobility  3. Spatial Occupation—Destruction—Virtualization: Types, Categories, and Processes of a Crucial Factor in Social Life  4. The Historicity of the Refiguration of Spaces Under the Scrutiny of Pre-COVID São Paulo Homeless Pedestrians  5. Spatiotemporal Entanglements: Insights From History  6. Slow Movement on the Slope: On Architecture Principe’s Theory of the Oblique Function and the Role of Circulation in Architectural and Urban Design  Part II: Spatiality, Social Inequality, and the Economy  7. ‘Open Borders’: A Postcolonial Critique  8. The Centrality of Race to Inequality Across the World-System: Old Figurations and New Reconfigurations  9. Spatial Transformations in World-Historical Perspective: Towards Mapping the Space and Time of Wealth Accumulation  10. Infrastructures for Global Production in Ethiopia and Argentina: Commodity Chains and Urban Spatial Transformation  11. Separate Worlds? Explaining the Current Wave of Regional Economic Polarization  12. Spatial Transformations and Spatio-Temporal Coupling: Links Between Everyday Shopping Behaviour and Changes in the Retail Landscape  Part III: Digitization and Visualization of Space  13. Network Spillover Effects and the Dyadic Interactions of Virtual, Social, and Spatial  14. Talking to My Community Elsewhere: Bringing Together Networked Public Spheres and the Concept of Translocal Communities  15. Annotating Places: A Critical Assessment of Two Hypotheses on How Locative Media Transform Urban Public Places  16. Representational and Animatic Corporeality: Refiguring Bodies and Digitally Mediated Cities  17. Refiguring Spaces: Transformative Aspects of Migration and Tourism  Part IV: Imagining, Producing, and Negotiating Space  18: Ontological Security, Globalization, and Geographical Imagination  19. Where We Turn to: Rethinking Networks, Urban Space, and Research Methods  20. Reconfiguring the Spaces of Urban Politics: Circuits, Territories, and Territorialization  21. Appropriating Berlin’s Tempohomes  22. "I Spy with My Little Eye": Children’s Actual Use and Experts’ Intended Design of Public Space

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Angela Million is Professor of Urban Design and Urban Development at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Christian Haid is Senior Researcher at the Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Ignacio Castillo Ulloa is Research Assistant and Lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Nina Baur is Professor for Methods of Social Research at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.