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Critical Neighbourhoods

Critical Neighbourhoods

The Architecture of Contested Communities

Edited by Paulo Moreira


Publishing 11th Apr 2022
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    • Contributes to a better understanding of human habitats that relates spatial issues to broader economic and political questions
    • Offers analyses of three informal neighbourhoods in Africa, Latin America, and India, translating their spatial and social characteristics into architectural language
    • Uncovers new modes of making architecture and maps new ways for architects to engage with contested communities
    • Addresses geographic differentiations also on a local scale, rather than between various continents only, and explores interconnections between particular neighbourhoods and their wider contexts
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    At a time when architectural and urban studies are moving towards seeking to accept and understand informal neighbourhoods rather than ignoring or eradicating them, the need for experiments on the ground is becoming increasingly urgent. In recent years, a growing number of architects and urban designers have committed themselves to the idea that these settlements are here to stay and require selective intervention in order to achieve better living conditions.

    This book contributes to the development of new architectural approaches to informal neighbourhoods and to a better understanding of human habitats that relates spatial issues to broader economic and political questions. The contributors analyse feasible and effective practical actions located in Africa, Latin America and India, drawing upon empiric work to contextualise concrete neighbourhoods. Complementing essays explore the deeply intertwined nature of spatial practice, cultural identity and social engagement. A conversation between contributors Julia King, Paulo Moreira, Elisa Silva, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Ines Weizman, moderated by Matthew Barac, rounds out this volume.

    About the Author

    Paulo Moreira is a Porto-based architect and researcher and a post-doctoral fellow in the research project Africa Habitat, coordinated by the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Architecture. He gratuated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto and completed his PhD at London Metropolitan University.

    Park Books
    Publish date
    11th Apr 2022
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    240 mm x 170 mm
    256 Pages
    120 color, 30 b&w
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