The Palgrave Handbook of Bottom-Up Urbanism

  • Mahyar Arefi
  • Conrad Kickert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conrad Kickert, Mahyar Arefi
    Pages 1-10
  3. Agency Versus Authority

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Hank Dittmar, Douglas S. Kelbaugh
      Pages 67-82
    3. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Vinit Mukhija
      Pages 83-96
  4. Informalizing the Formal

  5. Formalizing the Informal

  6. Theory Versus Practice

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-357

About this book


Who shapes our cities? In an age of increasing urban pluralism, globalization and immigration, decreasing public budgets, and an ongoing crisis of authority among designers and planners, the urban environment is shaped by a number of non-traditional stakeholders. The book surveys the kaleidoscope of views on the agency of urbanism, providing an overview of the various scholarly debates and territories that pertain to bottom-up efforts such as everyday urbanism, DIY urbanism, guerilla urbanism, tactical urbanism, and lean urbanism. Uniquely, this books seeks connections between the various movements by curating a range of views on the past, present, and future of bottom-up urbanism. The contributors also connect the recent trend of bottom-up efforts in the West with urban informality in the Global South, drawing parallels and finding contrast between social and institutional structures across the globe. The book appeals to urbanists in the widest sense of the word: those who shape, study, and improve our urban spaces. 


Urban Studies Urbanism Urban Planning Bottom-up Urbanism Community Development Guerilla Urbanism Urban Development Grassroots Development Urban Design Bottom-up Planning Revitalization Urban Resiliency

Editors and affiliations

  • Mahyar Arefi
    • 1
  • Conrad Kickert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Planning and Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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