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Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities

A publication by Routledge

Rebar contributed a chapter to Insurgent Public Space, a new book published by Routledge on the impact of DIY urbanism, grassroots reclamations of public space, spatial tactics and absurdity. From the publisher’s description:

In cities around the world, individuals and groups are reclaiming and creating urban sites, temporary spaces and informal gathering places. These ‘insurgent public spaces’ challenge conventional views of how urban areas are defined and used, and how they can transform the city environment. No longer confined to traditional public areas like neighbourhood parks and public plazas, these guerrilla spaces express the alternative social and spatial relationships in our changing cities.


Drawing on the experiences and knowledge of individuals extensively engaged in the actual implementation of these spaces, Insurgent Public Space is a unique cross-disciplinary approach to the study of public space use, and how it is utilized in the contemporary, urban world. Appealing to professionals and students in both urban studies and more social courses, Hou has brought together valuable commentaries on an area of urbanism which has, up until now, been largely ignored.