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Alternative urban spaces across civic, private, and public spheres emerge in response to the great challenges that urban actors are currently confronted with. Labour markets are changing rapidly, the availability of affordable housing is under intensifying pressure, and public spaces have become battlegrounds of urban politics.
This edited collection brings together contributors in order to spark an international dialogue about the production of alternative urban spaces through a threefold exploration of alternative spaces of work, dwelling, and public life. Seeking out and examining existing alternative urban spaces, the authors identify the elements that provide opportunities to create radically different futures for the world’s urban spaces. This volume is the culmination of an international search for alternative practices to dominant modes of capitalist urbanisation, bringing together interdisciplinary, empirically grounded chapters from hot spots in disparate cities around the world.
Offering a multidisciplinary perspective, The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces will be of great interest to academics working across the fields of urban sociology, human geography, anthropology, political science, and urban planning. It will also be indispensable to any postgraduate students engaged in urban and regional studies.
Many cities across the globe have experienced interrelated processes of fundamental economic social, political, demographic, and cultural changes. With the rise of neoliberalism as the dominant paradigm in the closing decades of the twentieth century, notably cities have witnessed a significant extension of the realm of allocation through markets. This development has, among many other things, brought the issue of urban spaces, which are – at least temporarily - outside these market arrangements to the fore. This volume presents an in-depth look at such "alternative urban spaces" from a cross-disciplinary perspective. It clearly shows the many forms and trajectories alternative urban spaces can present as shown by, for instance, makerspaces in Milan and refugee spaces in Cairo as well as by how music has helped to reclaim public spaces in Belo Horizonte. It also demonstrates multiple ways of comprehending these different forms of alternative urban spaces. In a more literal sense, this volume also covers a lot of ground geographically: from Berlin to Beirut, from Milan to Istanbul, and from Accra to Chandigarh. This volume, then, offers a welcome and timely panorama of how urban actors try and often succeed in creating and maintaining alternative urban spaces. Thus, it contributes to our understanding of contemporary urban politics.
— Robert Kloosterman, Universiteit van Amsterdam
This intellectually engaging and empirically grounded book interrogates the political and scholarly significance of alternative urban spaces in today’s globalized world. At a time in which technology-intensive capitalism is increasingly seen and experienced as a totality pervading almost any aspect of social life potentially in every corner of the world, this book challenges the commonly held idea within critical urban studies that today’s global urbanization of the planet erases the very possibility of an alternative outside. On the contrary, the editors of the collection suggest that there are multiple ‘constitutive outsides’ within existing trajectories of urban development. Some of these constitutive outsides have the potential to uncover alternative urban futures, as they contain the seeds of radical societal change. The empirical chapters of the book offer evidence to this argument by exploring different kinds of alternative urban spaces (of work, exchange, and consumption; of dwelling; of public life) in a tremendous variety of geographical contexts in both the South and the North of the globe, particularly in Western Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia. For both its conceptual insights and empirical explorations, this book is highly recommended to urban scholars, practitioners and activists committed to a critical and transformative understanding of contemporary urban worlds.
— Ugo Rossi, University of Turin
1 Conceptualising the production of alternative urban spaces Jens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, and Antonella Bruzzese PART 1 Alternative urban spaces of work, exchange, and consumption 2 The production of rurbal space: alternative food provisioning in Denmark Pia Heike Johansen and Hannibal Hoff 3 Framing alternative urban spaces in unstable contexts: a view from Beirut Christine Mady 4 New workspaces in Milan and Berlin: coworking spaces between defensive strategies and transformative potential Carolina Pacchi 5 Deus ex machina: makerspaces in Milan and their transformative potential Letizia Chiappini and Petter Törnberg PART 2 Alternative urban spaces of dwelling 6 Producing refugee spaces: disruptive spatial practice and the everyday in Cairo Samir Shalabi and Lee Pugalis 7 The struggle for the right to housing in Spain Vitor Peiteado Fernandez 8 The production of slums: old Fadama as an alternative space of urban dwelling Esther Yeboah Danso-Wiredu, Jens Kaae Fisker, and Lee Pugalis 9 In-between the planned grid: kothi sexuality, domesticity, and urban interstitiality in Chandigarh, India Preetika Sharma PART 3 Alternative urban spaces of public life 10 Reclaiming democratic (public) spaces through music: the case of Viaduto Santa Tereza in Belo Horizonte, Brazil Fausto Di Quarto 11 Alternative spaces emerging from the Gezi protests: from resistance to alternatives Basak Tanulku and Jens Kaae Fisker 12 Citizen-led micro-regeneration: case studies of civic crowdfunding in London and Milan Silvia Gullino, Cristina Cerulli, Heidi Seetzen, and Carolina Pacchi 13 An international dialogue on the production of alternative urban spaces Jens Kaae Fisker and Letizia Chiappini
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