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Franck and stevens loose space

Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life


Routledge, London and New York



Moving across disparate geographies ranging from the inner-city streets of Bangkok to social housing complexes in Athens, this collection of essays theorizes what editors Franck and Stevens term “loose space”—the dynamic appropriation of urban landscapes for unexpected uses. The authors are interested in how these spaces “loosen up the dominant meanings of specific sites” to allow “new perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors.” Four themes structure this exploration of loose space: appropriation, tension, resistance, and discovery. Contrasting these emancipatory moments to the tight controls of the city of late capitalism, looseness is suggested as a critical practice for future engagement.

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