The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism: Normalising Precarity in Austerity London

Ferreri, Mara (2021) The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism: Normalising Precarity in Austerity London. Cities and Cultures, 8 . Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam. ISBN 9789462984912, 9789048535828

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Temporary urbanism has become an established marker of city making after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. The book offers a critical exploration of its emergence and establishment as a seductive discourse and as an entangled field of urban practice encompassing architecture, visual and performative arts, urban regeneration and planning. Drawing on seven years of semi-ethnographic research in London, it explores the politics of temporariness at time of austerity from a situated analysis of neighbourhood transformation and wider cultural and economic shifts. Through a sympathetic, longitudinal engagement with projects and practitioners, the book tests the power of aesthetic and cultural interventions and highlights tensions between the promise of practices of dissenting vacant space re-appropriation, and their practical foreclosure. Against the normalisation of ephemerality, it develops a critique of temporary urbanism as a glamorisation of the anticipatory politics of precarity, transforming subjectivities and imaginaries of urban action.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pop-up, Temporary Urbanism, Architecture, Art, Activism, London
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 13:27
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 14:48

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