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The New Urban Ruins

Vacancy, Urban Politics, and International Experiments in the Post-Crisis City

Edited by Cian O'Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio

Published

Aug 20, 2021

Page count

184 pages

Series

Urban Policy, Planning and the Built Environment

ISBN

978-1447356875

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 20, 2021

Page count

184 pages

Series

Urban Policy, Planning and the Built Environment

ISBN

978-1447356905

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
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    The New Urban Ruins

    This book provides an innovative perspective to consider contemporary urban challenges through the lens of urban vacancy.

    Centering urban vacancy as a core feature of urbanization, the contributors coalesce new empirical insights on the impacts of recent contestations over the re-use of vacant spaces in post-crisis cities across the globe.

    Using international case studies from the Global North and Global South, it sheds important new light on the complexity of forces and processes shaping urban vacancy and its re-use, exploring these areas as both lived spaces and sites of political antagonism. It explores what has and hasn’t worked in re-purposing vacant sites and provides sustainable blueprints for future development.

    Cian O’Callaghan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, School of Natural Sciences, at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

    Cesare Di Feliciantonio is Lecturer in Human Geography at the Department of Natural Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Introduction ~ Cian O’Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio

    Part 1 ~ Rethinking Ruination in the Post-Crisis Context

    Rem(a)inders of Loss: A Lacanian Approach to New Urban Ruins ~ Lucas Pohl

    Dignifying the Ruins: A Former Jewish Girl’s School in Berlin ~ Karen E. Till

    Traversing Wastelands: Reflections on an Abandoned Railway Yard ~ Sandra Jasper

    Building the New Urban Ruin: The Ghost City of Ordos Kangbashi, Inner Mongolia ~ Christina Lee

    Part 2 ~ The Political Economy of Urban Vacant Space

    Nullius No More? Valorising Vacancy Through Urban Agriculture in the Settler-Colonial ‘Green City’ ~ Nathan McClintock

    Conflicting Rationalities and Messy Actualities of Dealing With Vacant Housing in Halle/Saale, East Germany ~ Nina Gribat

    Post-Disaster Ruins: The Old, the New, and the Temporary ~ Sara Caramaschi and Alessandro Coppola

    The Post-Crisis Properties of Demolishing Detroit, MI ~ Michael RJ Koscielniak

    Guarding Presence: Absent Owners and the Labour of Managing Vacancy ~ Lauren Wagner

    Part 3 ~ Re-Appropriating Urban Vacant Spaces

    Politicising Vacancy and Commoning Housing in Municipalist Barcelona ~ Mara Ferreri

    Spatio-Legal Worldmaking in Vacant Buildings: Property Politics and Squatting Movements in the City of São Paulo ~ Matthew Caulkins

    (Im)material Infrastructures and the Reproduction of Alternative Social Projects in Urban Vacant Spaces ~ Cesare Di Feliciantonio and Cian O’Callaghan

    Tracing the Role of Material and Immaterial Infrastructures in Imagining Diverse Urban Futures: Dublin’s Bolt Hostel and Apollo House ~ Rachel McArdle

    Centring Vacancy: Towards a Research Agenda ~ Cian O’Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio