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The Social (Re)Production of Architecture

Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice

Edited by Doina Petrescu, Kim Trogal

© 2017 – Routledge

384 pages | 128 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The Social (Re)Production of Architecture brings the debates of the ‘right to the city’ into today’s context of ecological, economic and social crises. Building on the 1970s’ discussions about the ‘production of space’, which French sociologist Henri Lefebvre considered a civic right, the authors question who has the right to make space, and explore the kinds of relations that are produced in the process. In the emerging post-capitalist era, this book addresses urgent social and ecological imperatives for change and opens up questions around architecture’s engagement with new forms of organization and practice. The book asks what (new) kinds of ‘social’ can architecture (re)produce, and what kinds of politics, values and actions are needed.

The book features 24 interdisciplinary essays written by leading theorists and practitioners including social thinkers, economic theorists, architects, educators, urban curators, feminists, artists and activists from different generations and global contexts. The essays discuss the diverse, global locations with work taking different and specific forms in these different contexts.

A cutting-edge, critical text which rethinks both practice and theory in the light of recent crises, making it key reading for students, academics and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. The Social (Re)Production of Architecture in 'crisis riddled' times Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal Part 1: Politics 2. Notes on Social Production. A Brief Commentary Tatjana Schneider 3. Making Places, Building Communities, Empowering Citizens: Participatory Slum Upgrading in Thailand Supreeya Wungpatcharapon 4. Outside in Prison: Taking the Case of Spatial Rights to a Prison Court(yard) Gabu Heindl 5. Tea or Coffee? Politics and Bingo on the Pavements Peter Mutschler and Ruth Morrow 6. Decolonizing Architectural Education: Towards an Affective Pedagogy Pelin Tan 7. Neighbourhood Claims for the Future. Feminist Solidarity Urbanism in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Elke Krasny 8. Is "Tactical Urbanism" an Alternative to Neoliberal Urbanism? Reflections on an Exhibition at the MOMA Neil Brenner 9. Software and Spatial Practice: The Social (Co)production of Software or Software for Social (Co)production? Phil Langley Part 2: Values 10. Diverse Economies, Space and Architecture: An Interview with Katherine Gibson 11. Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections Kim Trogal 12. Trade as Architecture: Public Realming Through Tangible Economies Kathrin Böhm 13. Metropolitan Commons: Spatial Commoning in Berlin’s Großer Tiergarten and Tempelhofer Feld Sandra Bartoli and Mathias Heyden 14. Social Property and the Need for a New Urban Practice Gabriela Rendón and Miguel Robles-Durán 15. Affordable Housing in Your Lifetime? Ana Džokić, Marc Neelen and Ana Vilenica□ 16. Popular Brazilian Architecture in the Making- Or the Power of Productive Consumption Rainer Hehl Part 3: Actions 17. Tent Cities, People’s Kitchens, Free Universities. The Global Villages of Occupation Movements Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer 18. Tactical Practices of Creative Dissent Ana Betancour 19. In Action: Searching for the In Between City Alex Axinte and Cristi Borcan (studioBASAR) 20. Ways to be Public Rory Hyde 21. Cultivating Spatial Possibilities in Palestine: Searching for Sub/urban Bridges in Beit Iksa, Jerusalem Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif 22. Old News from a Contact Zone. Action Archive in Tensta Meike Schalk 23. Hustadt Story - So Far Apolonija Šušteršič 24. A Bakery as a Site of Resistance Jeanne van Heeswijk Index

About the Editors

Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Kim Trogal is lecturer at the Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC000000
ARCHITECTURE / General
ARC001000
ARCHITECTURE / Criticism
ARC015000
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice