The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequality and Transformation in Marginalized Communities

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

EditorSharon E. Sutton, Susan P. Kemp

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Sutton, Kemp, and their contributors demonstrate the importance of place as a site of oppression and transformation, offering placemaking strategies that agents of change in a variety of disciplines can use in working with youth and adults. Their essays lay out both a theoretical terrain and an array of case studies that put theory into practice. This exciting new work documents the persistent intersection of race, place, and power; illustrates placemaking strategies that enable grassroots resistance; and explores the novel professional roles that new technologies make possible. It concludes with reflections upon the potential of transformative placemaking as an antidote to the erasure of place by global capitalism.

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Sutton, Kemp, and their contributors demonstrate the importance of place as a site of oppression and transformation, offering placemaking strategies that agents of change in a variety of disciplines can use in working with youth and adults. Their essays lay out both a theoretical terrain and an array of case studies that put theory int...

Sharon E. Sutton is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Washington with degrees in music, architecture, psychology, and philosophy. Author of Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power, and Poetry of a Sustainable Society, she is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a distinguished p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023010391X

ISBN - 13:9780230103917

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Introduction: Place as Marginality and Possibility--Sharon E. Sutton and Susan P. Kemp * PART I: PLACE, RACE, AND POWER * Place: A Site of Social and Environmental Inequity--Sharon E. Sutton and Susan P. Kemp * Struggling for the Right to Housing: A Critical Analysis of the Evolution of West Seattle's High Point--Sharon E. Sutton * The Ultimate Team Sport?: Urban Waterways and Youth Rowing in Seattle, Washington--Anne Taufen Wessells * Recognizing the Lived Experience of Place: Challenges to Genuine Participation in Redeveloping Public Housing Communities--Lynne C. Manzo * Beyond Insiders and Outsiders: Conceptualizing Multiple Dimensions of Community Development Stakeholders--Linda Hurley Ishem * PART II: PLACEMAKING AS LIVING DEMOCRACY * Place: A Site of Individual and Collective Transformation--Sharon E. Sutton and Susan P. Kemp * Refusing Marginality: Youth as Critical Placemakers in Urban Communities--Susan P. Kemp * Supporting Grassroots Resistance: Sustained Community/University Partnerships to Contest Chicago’s HOPE VI Program--Roberta M. Feldman * Mutual Learning in a Community-University Partnership: What Design-Build Projects Contribute to Placemaking and Placemakers--Steve Badanes * PART III: NEW TOOLS, NEW PROFESSIONAL ROLES * Transforming Communities through Mapping: Harnessing the Potential of New Technologies--Amy Hillier * On the Social Construction of Place: Using Participatory Methods and Digital Tools to Reconceive Distressed Urban Neighborhoods--Matthew Kelley * Documenting (In) Justice: Community-based Participatory Research and Video--Caitlin Cahill and Matt Bradley * Socially Conscious Design in the Information Age: The Practice of an Architecture for Humanity--David Smolker and Caroline Lanza * Conclusions: Toward a Praxis of Transformative Placemaking--Sharon E. Sutton and Susan P. Kemp

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“Sutton and Kemp provide a renewed understanding of the role of placemaking in the struggle for racial justice. They offer a way forward beyond paralyzing debate on reshaping our cities and regions, with new tools and roles for community and city building professionals. This is a profoundly hopeful book . . . picks up where Jane Jacobs left off.” --Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities“The Paradox of Urban Space makes a great leap forward in our theorizing about place. Through scholarly explorations of marginalization and resistance, this book opens up the transformative actions that might relieve us of the universal burdens of oppression. It deserves careful reading by all concerned about the future of our cities and our democracy.” --Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University