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The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy, Urban Politics and International Experiments in the Post-Crisis City

Cian O'Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio


This book provides an innovative lens to consider contemporary urban challenges, taking as its point of departure two overlapping claims. The first is that although the topics of ruins and vacant spaces have been widely discussed in the urban studies literature, their role in the production of both urban landscapes and the economic, social and cultural geographies of cities is not adequately understood. The second is that urban vacancy will play an even greater role in urban development, politics and experimentation in the future. Spaces officially designated as ‘vacant’ are the sites of conte ... More

Keywords: vacant spaces, ruins, post-crisis cities, urban political economy, urbanisation, temporary use, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447356875
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447356875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cian O'Callaghan, editor
Trinity College Dublin

Cesare Di Feliciantonio, editor
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Cian O’Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio

Part I Rethinking ruination in the post-crisis context

Part II The political economy of urban vacant space

7 Post-disaster ruins: the old, the new and the temporary

Sara Caramaschi and Alessandro Coppola

Part III Reappropriating urban vacant spaces

Conclusion: Centring vacancy – towards a research agenda

Cian O’Callaghan and Cesare Di Feliciantonio

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