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Author Franck, Karen A.

Title Loose space : possibility and diversity in urban life / Karen Franck and Quentin Stevens
Published London : Routledge, 2007


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Description xi, 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Tying down loose space / Karen A. Franck and Quentin Stevens -- 2. Found spaces : freedom of choice in public life / Leanne G. Rivlin -- 3. Open-ended space : urban streets in different cultural contexts / Nisha A. Fernando -- 4. Betwixt and between : building thresholds, liminality and public space / Quentin Stevens -- 5. Urban appropriation and loose spaces in the Guadalajara cityscape / Bernardo Jimenez-Dominquez -- 6. Urban slippage : smooth and striated streetscapes in Bangkok / Kim Dovey and Kasama Polakit -- 7. Transforming public space into sites of mourning and free expression / Karen A. Franck and Lynn Paxson -- 8. Central park, the aesthetics of order and the appearance of looseness / Julia Nevarez -- 9. Heterotopias and the experience of porous urban space / Stavros Stavrides -- 10. Stalker on location / Peter T. Lang -- 11. Dead zones, outdoor rooms and the architecture of transgression / Gil M. Doron -- 12. Social practices, sensual excess and aesthetic transgression in industrial ruins / Tim Edensor -- 13. Unruly and robust : an abandoned industrial river / Lynda H. Schneekloth -- 14. Patterns of the unplanned / Urban Catalyst, Philipp Oswalt, Philipp Misselwitz and Klaus Overmeyer
Summary "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, which simulate imagination and intervention. Loose spaces are places of possibility. What sets this book apart is that it is first and foremost a book about physical spaces, their capacity to shape and support behavior. It is aimed at readers who are interested in spaces: how they look and how they work and how urban space can serve social life. It provides a series of general speculations on how the task of design might address those parts of the built environment that are undersign or under designed." -- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject City and town life.
City and town life -- Case studies.
Public spaces.
Sociology, Urban.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Author Franck, Karen A.
Stevens, Quentin, 1969-
LC no. 2006015099
ISBN 0415701163 (hbk.)
0415701171 (paperback)
Other Titles Possibility and diversity in urban life