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Unpacking and challenging habitus: An approach to temporary urbanism as a socially engaged practice

Lookup NU author(s): Armelle Tardiveau, Daniel MalloORCiD



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This paper focuses on anonymous urban spaces with no use or exchange value and argues for the potential of temporary urbanism to transform their perception and enhance their quality. Temporary urbanism will be discussed in the light of a relational approach to space and the assemblages of human and non-human actors. Bourdieu’s concept of habitus will support the role of objects in social space and the creation of a shared language that can elicit new social dynamics and new dispositions towards space. Through empirical research conducted in the outdoor space of social housing blocks in Gateshead (UK), this paper will examine a methodology that enables a process of transformation in anonymous spaces.

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Author(s): Tardiveau A, Mallo D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Urban Design

Year: 2014

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 456-472

Print publication date: 01/10/2014

Online publication date: 26/06/2014

Acceptance date: 15/04/2014

Date deposited: 02/11/2016

ISSN (print): 1357-4809

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9664

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2014.923743


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