Unsettled Urban Space Routines, Temporalities and Contestations
While urban life can be characterized by endeavors to settle stable and safe environments, for many people, urban space is rarely stable or safe; it is uncertain, troubled, imbued with challenges and perpetually under pressure. As the concept of unsettled appears to define the contemporary urban experience, this multidisciplinary book investigates the conflicts and possibilities of settling and unsettling through open and speculative analysis.
The analytical prism of unsettled renders urban space an indeterminate ground unfolding through routines, temporalities and contestations in constant tension between settling and unsettling. Such contrasting experiences are contingent on how urban societies confront, undergo and overcome turbulence and difficulties in time and space. Contributions drawing on theoretical reflections and empirical accounts—from Argentina, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the UAE, the UK, the USA and Vietnam—give insights into plural occurrences of the unsettled, which might tie down or unleash transformative, liberatory and emancipatory potentials.
This book is for students, professionals and researchers interested in the uncertainties, foundations, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields, which constitute the urban both as lived space and as social, cultural and political ideal.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
1. Urban Space Unsettled: The Unravelling of Routines, Temporalities and Contestations in Urban Studies
Tihomir Viderman, Sabine Knierbein, Sybille Frank, Elina Kränzle, Nikolai Roskamm and Ed Wall
Part I: Urban Routines
2. Urban Routines: An Introduction
Tihomir Viderman and Sybille Frank
3. Vietnamese Hip Hop Don’t Stop: Unsettling Normative Ideas of Gender around the Block
4. Unsettled ‘Publicness’ and the Embodied Appropriation of Iktinou Street in Thessaloniki
5. Unsettling Planning Practices: From Accommodation to Dwelling in Hamburg
Dominique Peck, Anna Richter, Christopher Dell and Bernd Kniess
6. (Un)Settling Remembrance in Public Space: The Performance of a Heroic National Narrative in the Austrian National Holiday Celebrations at Vienna’s Heldenplatz
7. Berlin’s Neighborhoods in the Tourist Trap? Local Routines Unsettled by New Urban Tourism
Stefan Brandt, Sybille Frank and Anna Laura Raschke
8. Disrupted, Unsettled, Contested: Working Homelessness in Silicon Valley
Part II: Urban Temporalities
9. Urban Temporalities: An Introduction
Ed Wall and Sabine Knierbein
10. (Un)Settling Home in Dubai
11. Aging in Cities: Everyday Unsettling, Planning and Design
12. From Cleaning to Cleansing: Maintenance as an Urban Development Practice at Paddington Waterside, London
13. The Gentrification of Chicago’s Cabrini Green and the Temporalities of Urban Change
14. ‘And the Straw Cottage to a Palace Turns’: The Foundation of Birmingham Library as Civic Ground
15. Property as Practice: The Collective Landholding Patterns of Black Churches
Part III: Urban Contestations
16. Urban Contestations: An Introduction
Elina Kränzle and Nikolai Roskamm
17. ‘Ni Una Menos’: Practices, Aims and Achievements of a Grassroots Women’s Movement Against Femicide and Patriarchal Relations in Argentina
María de la Paz Toscani, Paula Rosa and Regina Vidosa
18. Setting, Setzung, Sedimentation: Political Conflict and Radical Democracy in Urban Planning
19. (Un)Settling Urban Cultural Politics: New York’s People’s Cultural Plan and the Dislocation of Ghosts
20. From Dispute, to Controversy, to Crisis: Conceptualizing Unsettling Dynamics in The Hague
21. Served but Unsettled: The Contentious Side of Services for the Homeless
Massimo Bricocoli and Simon Güntner
22. The Challenges of Consensus, Conflict and Democratic Participation in Turbulent Waters
"Drawing together insights from a diverse range of cities, this rich collection explores both the precarity and the potential of the always unsettled nature of our urban settlements."
Fran Tonkiss, Professor of Sociology, LSE, London, UK
"Unsettled Urban Space adds insight on urban dwellers' shock at the rising contingency of their lives, the lived sense of 'permanent temporariness' and the embodied tensions of migrancy. The book addresses the loss of the assurance and tranquility that the European and other colonial conceptions of 'settling' and 'settlement' had assumed."
Rob Shields, H.M.Tory Chair and Professor of Human Geography and Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada