co-optation/zwischennutzung

desire estates

An ephemeral city is popping-up inside Buenos Aires. The vast extension of the urban Indoamericano public park has been squatted since the last 10 days by around 13,000 people. Protesting against precarious housing conditions, migrant workers could not but start

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desire estates

An ephemeral city is popping-up inside Buenos Aires. The vast extension of the urban Indoamericano public park has been squatted since the last 10 days by around 13,000 people. Protesting against precarious housing conditions, migrant workers could not but start

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hotel mozambique

“The dilapidated state of the modernist buildings that were erected in numerous African countries when they achieved independence, parallels the fate of that utopian ideal. [...] Today, many of these government buildings, luxury hotels and schools are decayed, empty or

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hotel mozambique

“The dilapidated state of the modernist buildings that were erected in numerous African countries when they achieved independence, parallels the fate of that utopian ideal. [...] Today, many of these government buildings, luxury hotels and schools are decayed, empty or

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foggy picnic

Fog can sometimes be as marvelous as disgusting. The latest work by photographer Nadav Kander captures how locals appropriate themselves of an environment for their leisure picnics underneath a highway overpass, while fishing among the fog/smog in Chonqing. The Yangtze

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foggy picnic

Fog can sometimes be as marvelous as disgusting. The latest work by photographer Nadav Kander captures how locals appropriate themselves of an environment for their leisure picnics underneath a highway overpass, while fishing among the fog/smog in Chonqing. The Yangtze

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female open space invaders

“More than 150,000 Filipino women work now as domestic helpers in HongKong. They have emigrated to work as domestic helpers because the salaries they receive are three times highter than a qualified worker’s salary in the Philippines.[...] In most cases,

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female open space invaders

“More than 150,000 Filipino women work now as domestic helpers in HongKong. They have emigrated to work as domestic helpers because the salaries they receive are three times highter than a qualified worker’s salary in the Philippines.[...] In most cases,

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warsaw prague europa

Warsaw has a neighbourhood named Prague. Prague once experienced the building of Dziesieciolecia semi-buried Stadium, out of the rubble of a war-ruined city. It was 1955, but the stadium would be closed in the 1980s. One of the biggest informal

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warsaw prague europa

Warsaw has a neighbourhood named Prague. Prague once experienced the building of Dziesieciolecia semi-buried Stadium, out of the rubble of a war-ruined city. It was 1955, but the stadium would be closed in the 1980s. One of the biggest informal

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coliseum housing

Longchang Apartments used to be a police station in Shanghai golden 1920s. However, during the communist times, and until today, these outdoor corridors at 362 Longchang Road were turned into open-air kitchens and laundry spaces for the families dwelling in

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coliseum housing

Longchang Apartments used to be a police station in Shanghai golden 1920s. However, during the communist times, and until today, these outdoor corridors at 362 Longchang Road were turned into open-air kitchens and laundry spaces for the families dwelling in

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Cuban barbacoa

Slums are forbidden in Havana, Cuba.But like in every neoliberal society, and even more accentuated in socialist/communist archaic regimes, informality simply arises somehow. Timber in Cuba is a precious good only to be managed by the State. As a result,

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Cuban barbacoa

Slums are forbidden in Havana, Cuba.But like in every neoliberal society, and even more accentuated in socialist/communist archaic regimes, informality simply arises somehow. Timber in Cuba is a precious good only to be managed by the State. As a result,

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auto-market

Walking along Kottbusser Damm in Berlin might have a difference depending on which side of the road one might choose. One of them has the peculiarity that almost every single car parked in the street has a hanging note on

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auto-market

Walking along Kottbusser Damm in Berlin might have a difference depending on which side of the road one might choose. One of them has the peculiarity that almost every single car parked in the street has a hanging note on

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under the bridge

As an answer to turn a decommissioned highway overpass in Italian Salerno into a  sustainable solar-park, Toronto-based Ja StudioInc decided to consciously obviate all the requirements. Nima Javidi and his team preferred rather to understand sustainability in terms of spatial

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under the bridge

As an answer to turn a decommissioned highway overpass in Italian Salerno into a  sustainable solar-park, Toronto-based Ja StudioInc decided to consciously obviate all the requirements. Nima Javidi and his team preferred rather to understand sustainability in terms of spatial

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dancing in the road

Chinese Zhengzhou City (in the image above) has good intentions to green urban asphalt areas; even over any other interests, such as practicality for pedestrians. But You can’t be a nice guy and solve traffic as well. [Henry A. Barnes]

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dancing in the road

Chinese Zhengzhou City (in the image above) has good intentions to green urban asphalt areas; even over any other interests, such as practicality for pedestrians. But You can’t be a nice guy and solve traffic as well. [Henry A. Barnes]

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people meet in vacant NL

In order to reveal the hidden potential of vacant property in the Netherlands, Rietveld Landscape were comissioned to depict the new “21st century form of entrepreneurship” for the Holland Pavilion at the current Venice Biennale. VACANT NL first detect all

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people meet in vacant NL

In order to reveal the hidden potential of vacant property in the Netherlands, Rietveld Landscape were comissioned to depict the new “21st century form of entrepreneurship” for the Holland Pavilion at the current Venice Biennale. VACANT NL first detect all

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book values

In a former post I was delighted with the informal appropriations of IKEA’s showroom by Shanghainese people, who used it as a public park. A similar situation occurs in Beijing main bookstore, where every kind of citizen enjoys a Sunday

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book values

In a former post I was delighted with the informal appropriations of IKEA’s showroom by Shanghainese people, who used it as a public park. A similar situation occurs in Beijing main bookstore, where every kind of citizen enjoys a Sunday

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the hard, the soft and the group

One can always dream of a city, but what if we all would dream on, over, above, underneath, in or along the city? Bernd Hagemann has been documenting the magnificent way in which Chinese citizens physically experience the texture of

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the hard, the soft and the group

One can always dream of a city, but what if we all would dream on, over, above, underneath, in or along the city? Bernd Hagemann has been documenting the magnificent way in which Chinese citizens physically experience the texture of

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parks as marriage marts

female: born 1972, 1.68 m, owns her apartment… male: politician, college degree, 1.73 m, earning 3,000 RMB/month or more… female: born 1980, working as an accountant assistant, originally from shanghai (no migrant peasants here)… The amount of ads hanging from

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parks as marriage marts

female: born 1972, 1.68 m, owns her apartment… male: politician, college degree, 1.73 m, earning 3,000 RMB/month or more… female: born 1980, working as an accountant assistant, originally from shanghai (no migrant peasants here)… The amount of ads hanging from

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realising landscapes

dreaming of everyday lives in impossible landscapes is the task of thomas wrede. Real Landscapes is a series of photographs, which need to be named as Real. This can make us think that these landscapes do really exist, not being

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realising landscapes

dreaming of everyday lives in impossible landscapes is the task of thomas wrede. Real Landscapes is a series of photographs, which need to be named as Real. This can make us think that these landscapes do really exist, not being

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