Displacements: Architecture and Refugee
Author and urban theorist Andrew Herscher’s Displacements: Architecture and Refugee, the ninth book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, examines some of the usually disavowed but arguably decisive intersections of mass-population displacement and architecture— an art and technology of population placement—from the 20th century to the present. In architectural history, just as in global politics, refugees have tended to exist as mere human surplus; histories of architecture, then, have usually reproduced the nation-state’s exclusion of refugees as people out of place. Posing the refugee as the preeminent collective political subject of our time, Displacements attempts to open up an architectural history of the refugee that reflects on the history of architecture and the history of the refugee alike. Herscher’s publications include Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict (Stanford University Press, 2010), The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2012) and, coedited with Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016). Herscher is a professor at the Univ. of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
4 ¼ x 6 in. / 144 pp
26 b&w and 5 color
Retail Price: $22.00
A new perspective on the post-war social housing block
Patricia van Ulzen, Antoin Buissink, Simea Knip & Rufus de Vrie (Eds.)
Here’s an idea for mitigating the global housing crisis: revitalize community housing without demolishing it. The Staalmanplein neighborhood in the Western Garden Cities in Amsterdam is just such a project. Most social housing blocks in this 1950s neighborhood were leveled and replaced by new structures; however, one block was selected for experiment and put up for sale as “Do It Yourself” apartments. In a relatively short time, the housing block was transformed by a group of 30 buyers committed to a highly varied city program to redesign and rebuild the entire complex. The end result was affordable housing without loss of the look and spirit of an existing neighborhood. Well-illustrated with 140 color and black-andwhite plates, DIY Klarenstraat is a handsome publication documenting this transformation and including contributions from the building and design team participants including financial advisor Sander Gelinck, architect Arjan Gooijer, building consultant Frans van Hulten, art historian Vincent van Rossem, urban real estate developer Maaike Schravesande and independent art and cultural historian Dr. Patricia van Ulzen.
Softcover / 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in.
224 pp / 54 b&w and 88 color
Retail Price: $36.00