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Temporary Appropriation in Cities

Human Spatialisation in Public Spaces and Community Resilience

  • Alessandro Melis
  • Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez
  • James Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis
    Pages 11-26
  4. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis, Steffen Lehmann
    Pages 27-58
  5. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis, Claire M. Coulter
    Pages 59-77
  6. Daniele Santucci, Ata Chokhachian, Thomas Auer
    Pages 117-126
  7. Brendan C. Josey, Diego Ramirez-Lovering
    Pages 171-193
  8. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis, Claire M. Coulter
    Pages 209-235
  9. Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis, James Thompson
    Pages 245-248
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 249-256

About this book


This book conceptualises and illustrates temporary appropriation as an urban phenomenon, exploring its contributions to citizenship, urban social sustainability and urban health. It explains how some forms of appropriation can be subversive, existing in a grey area between legal and illegal activities in the city.

The book explores the complex and the multi-scalar nature of temporary appropriation, and touches on its relationship to issues such as:

  • sustainability and building re-use;
  • culture;
  • inclusivity, including socio-spatial inclusion;
  • streetscape design;
  • homelessness; and
  • regulations controlling the use of public spaces.

The book focuses on temporary appropriation as a necessity of adapting human needs in a city, highlighting the flexibility that is needed within urban planning and the further research that should be undertaken in this area. The book utilises case studies of Auckland, Algiers and Mexico City, and other cities with diverse cultural and historical backgrounds, to explore how planning, design and development can occur whilst maintaining community diversity and resilience.

Since urban populations are certain to grow further, this is a key topic for understanding urban dynamics, and this book will be of interest to academics and practitioners alike.


Urban Sustainability Temporary Appropriation Appropriation of Public Space Urban Health Citizenship Sustainable cities Urban Regeneration Formal/ Informal Planning Guidelines Urban Policy Informal space urban appropriation

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Melis
    • 1
  • Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez
    • 2
  • James Thompson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  3. 3.School of DesignUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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