The permanence of temporary urbanism: normalising precarity in austerity London

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages194
ISBN (Electronic)9789048535828
ISBN (Print)9789462984912
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameCities and Cultures
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Volume8

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