Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-12-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Public space is a frequent theme in recent writing about cities; scholars describe ways in which urban activities, histories and identities are prescribed, controlled and homogenized. Yet, everyday urban dwellers encounter spaces that are loose, that manifest great variety and unpredictability, that simulate imagination and intervention. Loose spaces are places of possibility.Loose Space is first and foremost a book about physical spaces, their capacity to shape and support behaviour. Aimed at readers who are interested in spaces, how they look, work and how urban space can serve social life, Stevens and Franck discuss how the task of design might address those parts of the built environment that are undesigned or underdesigned.

Table of Contents

Illustration Creditsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Tying Down Loose Spacep. 1
Appropriationp. 35
Found Spaces: Freedom of choice in public lifep. 38
Open-Ended Space: Urban streets in different cultural contextsp. 54
Betwixt and Between: Building thresholds, liminality and public spacep. 73
Tensionp. 93
Urban Appropriation and Loose Spaces in the Guadalajara Cityscapep. 96
Urban Slippage: Smooth and striated streetscapes in Bangkokp. 113
Transforming Public Space into Sites of Mourning and Free Expressionp. 132
Central Park, the Aesthetics of Order and the Appearance of Loosenessp. 154
Resistancep. 171
Heterotopias and the Experience of Porous Urban Spacep. 174
Stalker on Locationp. 193
Dead Zones, Outdoor Rooms and the Architecture of Transgressionp. 210
Discoveryp. 231
Social Practices, Sensual Excess and Aesthetic Transgression in Industrial Ruinsp. 234
Unruly and Robust: An abandoned industrial riverp. 253
Patterns of the Unplanned Urban Catalystp. 271
Annotated Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 296
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