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Cities by and for the People

Cabannes, Y; Douglass, M; Padawangi, R; (2018) Cities by and for the People. In: Cabannes, Y and Douglass, M and Padawangi, R, (eds.) Cities in Asia by and for the People. (pp. pp. 13-40). Amsterdam University Press: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Green open access

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‘Cities by and for the people’ indicates the active role of urban citizens in constructing spaces in the cities. The collection of narratives in this book brings together research from ten cities in Asia to contribute to re-theorizing the city from the perspective of ordinary people who face moments of crisis, contestation, and cooperation to create alternative spaces from those produced under prevailing urban processes. The chapters in this book accent the intertwining of ‘human flourishing’ with the exercise of human agency through daily practices in the production of urban space, placing people in the centre as agents of city-making with discontents about their current conditions and desires for a better life. The cases brought together in this volume each tell us what people strive for when they mobilize with others to produce urban spaces. One of the important theoretical lessons is that the appropriation of space for de-commodified, alternative visions of urban life is not permanent. Sharing space is an opportunity to build collective actions and initiate discussions on the collaborative management of the place. In practice, these processes may be far from ideal and may be subjected to local forms of power imbalances. Although they are spaces of continuous struggles and are embedded with specific limitations that include local hierarchies and contradictions, these convivial spaces are places that actively demonstrate the possible alternative ways to produce urban spaces.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Cities by and for the People
ISBN-13: 978-9-46-298522-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5117/9789462985223/CH01
Publisher version: https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462985223/cities-in...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: human flourishing, human agency, alternative spaces, place-making
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117141
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