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Towards a Radical Spatiality. Dissident architectural practices in contemporary occupations. (2017)

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Title: Towards radical spatiality. Dissident architectural practices in contemporary occupations.

  • Author(s): Ana Gabriela Medina Gavilanes
  • Magazine (magazine): Space And Culture.
  • Pages: 33-61.
  • ISSN: 1206-3312.
  • Roundup: The Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, the Outraged, Gezi Park, the Umbrella Movement, among others, are some of the most representative contemporary social movements that made major changes and an open debate in fields such as politics and the economy. However, they are generally not directly related to the transformation of the architectural urban landscape in today's cities. During the production of these occupations, dissident practices take place and alter the established conditions of urban infrastructures that react as obsolete elements, while collective participation transforms perception the use and aesthetics of public spaces. This article focuses on the Umbrella Movement, the 2014 occupation in Hong Kong and how protesters modify, on the one hand, the city's architectural urban landscape and, on the other hand, generate design techniques through the use of everyday objects in dissident means Pragmatism and immediacy are the main conditions of these occupations to create spaces that the occupiers need, and also to make visible a situation that is deeply implanted in the city: the privatization of public spaces.
  • Keywords: Occupation, public space, dissent, temporality, collective.
  • Abstract: The Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, the Indignados, Gezi Park, the Movement Umbrella, among others, are some of the most representative contemporary social movements that conducted important changes and open debate in fields like politics and economics. However, they are usually not related directly to the transformation of the architectural urban landscape in current cities. During the production of these occupations, dissident practices place and alter established conditions of urban infrastructures that react as obsolete elements, while collective participation transforms spatial perception, the use and aesthetic of public Spaces. This article focuses on the Umbrella Movement, the 2014 Hong Kong occupation, and how protestors modify, on one hand, the architectural urban landscape of the city and generate, on the other, design techniques through the use of quotidian and daily-life objects in dissident means. Pragmatism and immediacy are the main conditions of these occupations for creating spaces that occupiers need, and also for making visible a situation that is implanted deeply in the city: the privatization of public spaces.
  • Keywords: Occupation, public space, dissidence, temporality, collective.
  • Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1206331218793320?journalCode=saca&

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