Amsterdam University Press
The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism
Title
The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism
Subtitle
Normalising Precarity in Austerity London
Price
€ 89,00
ISBN
9789462984912
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
184
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm

Mara Ferreri

The Permanence of Temporary Urbanism

Normalising Precarity in Austerity London

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.
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Author

Mara Ferreri

Mara Ferreri is an urban and cultural geographer. She completed her PhD at Queen Mary University of London and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2016 she co-–authored the book Notes from the Temporary City (Public Works).