While urban life can be characterized by endeavors to settle stable and safe environments, for many people, urban space is rarely stable or safe; it is uncertain, troubled, imbued with challenges and perpetually under pressure. As the concept of unsettled appears to define the contemporary urban experience, this multidisciplinary book investigates the conflicts and possibilities of settling and unsettling through open and speculative analysis.

The analytical prism of unsettled renders urban space an indeterminate ground unfolding through routines, temporalities and contestations in constant tension between settling and unsettling. Such contrasting experiences are contingent on how urban societies confront, undergo and overcome turbulence and difficulties in time and space. Contributions drawing on theoretical reflections and empirical accounts—from Argentina, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the UAE, the UK, the USA and Vietnam—give insights into plural occurrences of the unsettled, which might tie down or unleash transformative, liberatory and emancipatory potentials.

This book is for students, professionals and researchers interested in the uncertainties, foundations, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields, which constitute the urban both as lived space and as social, cultural and political ideal.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

chapter 1|15 pages

Urban Space Unsettled

The Unraveling of Routines, Temporalities and Contestations in Urban Studies
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part I|88 pages

Urban Routines

chapter 2|7 pages

Urban Routines

An Introduction
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chapter 3|14 pages

Vietnamese Hip Hop Don't Stop

Unsettling Normative Ideas of Gender around the Block
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chapter 5|15 pages

Unsettling Planning Practices

From Accommodation to Dwelling in Hamburg
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chapter 6|11 pages

(Un)settling Remembrance in Public Space

The Performance of a Heroic National Narrative in the Austrian National Holiday Celebrations at Vienna's Heldenplatz
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chapter 8|14 pages

Disrupted, Unsettled, Contested

Working Homelessness in Silicon Valley
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part II|88 pages

Urban Temporalities

chapter 9|7 pages

Urban Temporalities

An Introduction
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chapter 11|11 pages

Aging in Cities

Everyday Unsettling, Planning and Design
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chapter 12|13 pages

From Cleaning to Cleansing

Maintenance as an Urban Development Practice at Paddington Waterside, London
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chapter 14|13 pages

‘And the Straw Cottage to a Palace Turns'

The Foundation of Birmingham Library as Civic Ground
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chapter 15|14 pages

Property as Practice

The Collective Landholding Patterns of Black Churches
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part III|78 pages

Urban Contestations

chapter 16|7 pages

Urban Contestations

An Introduction
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chapter 17|12 pages

‘Ni Una Menos'

Practices, Aims and Achievements of a Grassroots Women's Movement against Femicide and Patriarchal Relations in Argentina
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chapter 18|10 pages

Setting, Setzung, Sedimentation

Political Conflict and Radical Democracy in Urban Planning
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chapter 19|12 pages

(Un)settling Urban Cultural Politics

New York's People's Cultural Plan and the Dislocation of Ghosts
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chapter 20|12 pages

From Dispute, to Controversy, to Crisis

Conceptualizing Unsettling Dynamics in The Hague
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chapter 21|13 pages

Served but Unsettled

The Contentious Side of Services for the Homeless
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