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Steal this place

the aesthetics of tactical formlessness and "The Free Town of Christiania"

Hellström, Maria (2006). Steal this place. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2006:27
ISBN 91-576-7076-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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Against a background of urban aestheticization, the following study addresses questions of urban formation and change. The aim of the thesis is to investigate how an activist urban configuration, in this case the so-called "Free Town of Christiania" in Copenhagen, may affect a more general urban planning and design discourse, as well as the aesthetic assumptions behind contemporary spatial practice. The working hypothesis of the study is that an actualization of expressive urban activist practices will lead to a different conception of spatial development and change than the one presently dominating the field of urban planning. It is also anticipated that the conceptual prerequisites for urban planning and design may be altered through a radical interrogation of aestheticization processes, as they have appeared through a controversial and in many respects illegitimate 'taking of place.' The objective of the thesis has therfore not been the assessment of the specific urban formation as an ideal solution to urban life. Instead the study should be seen as a problematizing interrogation through a concrete example of the complex relation between expressive aesthetic action, spatial reproduction, and the representational power of form. The study is undertaken in the conviction that urban formation is an intermediary and composite practice that cannot be understood in isolation from social, linguistic, material, and political realities of expressive actions. Methodologically, this means that the present work is articulated within the paradigm of performativity, theorizing urban locality production from three different perspectives: the formlessness of the subject, the formlessness of space and the formlessness of power, all of which constitute a tactical dissassembly of the privileged notion of urban form. As such, the thesis aims at introducing a more elaborate and critically resonant aesthetic discussion into urban discourse, actualizing the creative potential of re-conceptualizing urban planning and design as intermediary as-if spaces of social and political interaction.

Authors/Creators:Hellström, Maria
Title:Steal this place
Subtitle:the aesthetics of tactical formlessness and "The Free Town of Christiania"
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2006
Number of Pages:74
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:91-576-7076-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:towns, planning, aesthetic value, social participation, housing, social behaviour, denmark
Keywords:aesthetics, urban planning, landscape theory, aestheticization, performativity, urban activism, subject positioning, representational critique, spatial reproduction, tactical formlessness, polemological analysis, bio-politics, tactical play
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ID Code:1319
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landskapsplanering, Alnarp (040101-061231)
Deposited By: Maria Hellström
Deposited On:17 Jan 2007 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:19 Nov 2020 11:16

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