Make_Shift: The Expanded Field of Critical Spatial Practice

For those of you in Berlin on October 6, 2012:
“Make_Shift: The expanded field of critical spatial practice
International conference
TU Berlin, Institute for Architecture, Straße des 17. Juni 152, A151
October 6, 2012, 11 am – 7 pm
“Makeshift” is a term usually associated with a politically expedient or resourceful solution – temporary or permanent – for something missing. Here the term is also split to emphasize the two components that are key to our central theme of self-generated, informal planning agendas: namely the DIY aspects of making, and the paradigm shifts that can result from this. “Makeshift” also presupposes a condition of scarcity; of shrinking resources. Situated within the expanded field in question are appropriations and transformations of urban space that encompass planning, civic engagement, artistic practice and activism. In short, a re-imagination of the city space and its potentialities….”
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About Stephen Vilaseca

I am Stephen Vilaseca, Assistant Professor of Spanish of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University. I have published articles on the relationship between public and private space, urban growth and cultural resistance in several academic journals. Currently, I am working on a book-length project on the relationship between okupas, social policies and the precarious urban experience in Barcelona of the twenty-first century.

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