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Vacancy, Urban Politics and International Experiments in the Post-crisis City

This book provides an innovative perspective to consider contemporary urban challenges through the lens of urban vacancy.

Centering urban vacancy as a core feature of urbanization, the contributors coalesce new empirical insights on the impacts of recent contestations over the re-use of vacant spaces in post-crisis cities across the globe.

Using international case studies from the Global North and Global South, it sheds important new light on the complexity of forces and processes shaping urban vacancy and its re-use, exploring these areas as both lived spaces and sites of political antagonism. It explores what has and hasn’t worked in re-purposing vacant sites and provides sustainable blueprints for future development.

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Institutionalisation, Place-Making and City Building

Using a broad international comparative perspective spanning multiple countries across South America, Europe and Africa, contributors explore resident-led self-building for low- and middle-income groups in urban areas. Although social, economic and urban prosperity differs across these contexts, there exists a recurring, cross-continental, tension between formal governance and self-regulation.

Contributors examine the multifaceted regulation dilemmas of self-building under the conditions of modernisation and consider alternative methods of institutionalisation, place-making and urban design, reconceptualising the moral and managerial ownership of the city. Innovative in scope, this book provides an array of globalised solutions for navigating regulatory tensions in order to optimise sustainable development for the future.

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Planning, Localism and Institutional Change

Cities across the globe face unprecedented challenges as a result of ever-increasing pressure from climate change, migration, ageing populations and resource shortages. In order to guarantee a sustainable global future, these issues demand radical new approaches to how we govern our cities.

Providing new research and thinking about cities, their governance and innovative models of planning reform, this timely and important book compares the UK with an array of international examples to examine cutting-edge experimentation and innovation in new models of governance and urban policy.

The flagship text of the Urban Policy, Planning and Built Environment series, this broad but accessible volume is ideal for students and provides an authoritative single point of reference for teaching.

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specific requirements (dependent elder residents, Aids patients and so on) were included (Knorr-Siedow, 2008 : 135). Often, they qualify for particular subsidies, such as in cases of refurbishment or specific disabilities. Knorr-Siedow ( 2008 : 138) also makes mention of homesteading initiatives and particular collaborations of residents with municipalities, such as in the case of the appeasement of radical squatters, where initial conflict situations were solved in joint objectives and gradually normalised. Special lifestyles require a differentiated response in

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unemployment and those who have children with disabilities. In light of this, the coordination insists on their autonomy in relation to the city administration. The top coordinator was adamant that they are not cooperating with the city administration: “the movement does not work for and does not work with [the city]. The movement is an opposition to claim the rights of the worker, the sem-teto .” Yet, the coordination depends on the city administration, as their ultimate goal is to gain social housing units for members of the movement. In fact, the movement’s point

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