co-optation/zwischennutzung

rooftop squatting III

  ^ Another case of extralegal space built on rooftop landscapes that visualizes the circumventions on planning policies. Images form Beijing via ecns Also Check Extralegal Space in Belgrade and Rooftop Squatting in Hong Kong.     ^ Beijing man builds

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rooftop squatting III

  ^ Another case of extralegal space built on rooftop landscapes that visualizes the circumventions on planning policies. Images form Beijing via ecns Also Check Extralegal Space in Belgrade and Rooftop Squatting in Hong Kong.     ^ Beijing man builds

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new york indignados

Global is the power of economy, and so are spreading the protests against its tyranny. The Funambulist posted today about the protest camp settled in Downtown Manhattan. In the same line with the protests of the 15-M movement of Spanish

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new york indignados

Global is the power of economy, and so are spreading the protests against its tyranny. The Funambulist posted today about the protest camp settled in Downtown Manhattan. In the same line with the protests of the 15-M movement of Spanish

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collision in public space, a chronology

When appropriation of public space happens, it happens at two levels. Protesters reclaim a physical site, but at the same time they appropriate a symbol of political identity. The outbreak of rioting or violence always shows civil unrest amongst certain

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collision in public space, a chronology

When appropriation of public space happens, it happens at two levels. Protesters reclaim a physical site, but at the same time they appropriate a symbol of political identity. The outbreak of rioting or violence always shows civil unrest amongst certain

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this square is not the Pope’s

The emblematic Central Madrid has turned into a vibrating site of proactive politics again. 2 August 2011, a few minutes before sunrise. It was the second day in the national holiday period for the masses and the city was almost

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this square is not the Pope’s

The emblematic Central Madrid has turned into a vibrating site of proactive politics again. 2 August 2011, a few minutes before sunrise. It was the second day in the national holiday period for the masses and the city was almost

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unstable markets

A person shouts and everyone pulls from the strings at once. The 2 m2 fabrics lying on the pavement, which function as selling display for the illegally copied DVDs on sale, turn into smart tools for immediate runaway without leaving

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unstable markets

A person shouts and everyone pulls from the strings at once. The 2 m2 fabrics lying on the pavement, which function as selling display for the illegally copied DVDs on sale, turn into smart tools for immediate runaway without leaving

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the end of the masterplan?

Learning from concocting informal uses of the formal city, legal loopholes, speculative visions and appropriations of public space, Berlin-based Ilka and Andreas Ruby launched Urban Transformation in 2008. Their cookbook for real action aims ideal cooperation and alliances between urban

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the end of the masterplan?

Learning from concocting informal uses of the formal city, legal loopholes, speculative visions and appropriations of public space, Berlin-based Ilka and Andreas Ruby launched Urban Transformation in 2008. Their cookbook for real action aims ideal cooperation and alliances between urban

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streetvending in L.A.

“How does street vending fit in the contemporary city?” is the opening question of Kenny Cupers’ research about informal stalls throughout Los Angeles: Street Vending as Everyday Urbanism [2005]. With his statement, he supports this practice as an implemented way

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streetvending in L.A.

“How does street vending fit in the contemporary city?” is the opening question of Kenny Cupers’ research about informal stalls throughout Los Angeles: Street Vending as Everyday Urbanism [2005]. With his statement, he supports this practice as an implemented way

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Concrete Islands

In his metropolitan adaptation of Robinson Crusoe Concrete Island, Ballard relocated the Pacific Ocean to London urban periphery. Waters turned into elevated roads and the jungle island into an asphalt roundabout; a crashed Jaguar replaced the crashed plane. And the

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Concrete Islands

In his metropolitan adaptation of Robinson Crusoe Concrete Island, Ballard relocated the Pacific Ocean to London urban periphery. Waters turned into elevated roads and the jungle island into an asphalt roundabout; a crashed Jaguar replaced the crashed plane. And the

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golfer on the Moon

Astronaut (Rémi GAILLARD) Simply by a change of perspective, the same context can be understood in many different ways. Humour and fun can twist space, and turn it into something else. A golf course can also be read as the

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golfer on the Moon

Astronaut (Rémi GAILLARD) Simply by a change of perspective, the same context can be understood in many different ways. Humour and fun can twist space, and turn it into something else. A golf course can also be read as the

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in love with the Wall

Berlin and on-line based soso Magazine has just released an interview about one of my favourite phenomena: sexual attraction to urban objects, featuring the love story between Erika Eiffel (aka. Mrs. Berliner Mauer) and the Berlin Wall: A radical extreme

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in love with the Wall

Berlin and on-line based soso Magazine has just released an interview about one of my favourite phenomena: sexual attraction to urban objects, featuring the love story between Erika Eiffel (aka. Mrs. Berliner Mauer) and the Berlin Wall: A radical extreme

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satellite altars

Satellite dishes are like religious altars. They orientate towards a sacred site, like Catholic ancient churches face Jerusalem or Muslim Mosques look at Mecca. Satellite dishes adorate a far away culture from nostalgia, between a sense of belonging and a

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satellite altars

Satellite dishes are like religious altars. They orientate towards a sacred site, like Catholic ancient churches face Jerusalem or Muslim Mosques look at Mecca. Satellite dishes adorate a far away culture from nostalgia, between a sense of belonging and a

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food as public space editor*

*Post series commissioned by Nicola Twilley (edible geography /foodprintproject / GOOD Magazine) as part of FOOD FOR THINKERS – An online festival on Food and Writing (18-23/01/2011) The raised question about the actual role of contemporary food editing makes me

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food as public space editor*

*Post series commissioned by Nicola Twilley (edible geography /foodprintproject / GOOD Magazine) as part of FOOD FOR THINKERS – An online festival on Food and Writing (18-23/01/2011) The raised question about the actual role of contemporary food editing makes me

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everyday shots

In another post, I already talked about Chinese citizens using Ikea Stores in Shanghai and Beijing as a leisure public space. But these stores can also be used as guerrilla film-making spots. The soap opera Ikea Heights is a melodrama

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everyday shots

In another post, I already talked about Chinese citizens using Ikea Stores in Shanghai and Beijing as a leisure public space. But these stores can also be used as guerrilla film-making spots. The soap opera Ikea Heights is a melodrama

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overprotection relics

“A protective space for every Swiss” was since 1954 the national aim for the protection of the population. And thus 270,000 civil bunkers were built, which should protect 95% of the population against war, physical disasters and terrorist attacks. Till

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overprotection relics

“A protective space for every Swiss” was since 1954 the national aim for the protection of the population. And thus 270,000 civil bunkers were built, which should protect 95% of the population against war, physical disasters and terrorist attacks. Till

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waiting room

When flight and train departures are cancelled and delayed, I always wonder how people appropriate themselves of a waiting room, when they are confined by force, despite being free. And I come across a picture of citizens using an underground

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waiting room

When flight and train departures are cancelled and delayed, I always wonder how people appropriate themselves of a waiting room, when they are confined by force, despite being free. And I come across a picture of citizens using an underground

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