Social Housing - Housing the Social
Art, Property and Spatial Justice
Edited by Fulya Erdemci, Andrea Phillipsau

Contributions by Aioa (Artists In Occupy Amsterdam), Yazid Anani, Nils Van Beek, Amalia Cardenas, Manuel Castells, Teddy Cruz, Chto Delat?, Adri Duivesteijn, Fulya Erdemci, Zoran Erić, Edesio Fernandes, Fallen Fruit, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Ernst Van Den Hemel, Jiang Jun, Casco/ Our Autonomous Life?, Sabrina Lindermann, Doreen Massey, The Yes Men, Markus Miessen, among many others.


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Social Housing—Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice examines ongoing transformations in social housing and asks how these transformations are reflected in the aspirations and practices of artists. Housing provides essential shelter, but also gives form to the social. It represents and embodies the materiality of civic politics and thus demonstrates the uneven nature of spatial justice at local and global scale.

Architecture, Popular Culture, Theory / History / Criticism
For many years artists have contributed to the design and organization of structures of living together, often with ambivalent effect. Whilst many have imagined—and attempted to implement—radical new forms of social housing, as alternatives to both privatization and state provision, they have also ushered in waves of gentrification, thus contributing significantly to a story of capitalization now dominant within urban infrastructures. Social Housing—Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice questions the politics of urban practice from a variety of geopolitical and disciplinary viewpoints, from liberal private initiatives to the Occupy movement, from Almere to Ramallah, mixing artistic and architectural contributions with those of sociologists, urban historians, philosophers, and activists. This volumen is the second in the Actors, Agents and Attendants series of publications and symposia initiated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain to investigate the role of cultural practice in the organization of the public domain.

Fulya Erdemci is a curator and writer based in Istanbul and Amsterdam.
Andrea Phillips is BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

544 pages
Paperback, 16.5x23.4 cm
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2012
ISBN 9783943365177