Exploring the Creative Possibilities of Awkward Space in the City

Jones, Hannah. 2007. Exploring the Creative Possibilities of Awkward Space in the City. The Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, 83(1), pp. 70-76. ISSN 01692046 [Article]

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This article will propose that the achievement of a sustainable practice of everyday urban life is directly linked to the creative potential of the awkward space that emerges and punctures the cities we circulate. To tune in a holistic design of the urban landscape the article considers the city as a living system, a complex assembly of flows, structures, connections and owners. Awkward space emerges amongst the organisation of these parts and as such speaks of the city's synergy. Focusing on a space squeezed into existence between two buildings can draw attention to the design of the structures surrounding that space and open up questions concerning how the city is self-regulating itself as a whole so as to work towards designing more holistic solutions. The article will propose how an active awareness of the unconsidered spaces in between buildings can help to re-vision and dynamically map a more contextual, sustainable, creative and engaging design of the public realm.

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Holistic; Mapping; Flow; Uncanny; London

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November 2007Published

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10 Sep 2009 12:51

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07 Dec 2012 12:51

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