The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting

The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting
Library Shelf Location 10a.VASU
Publication Date 2017
A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city
The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver. He looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing—from Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana to the squats of the Lower East Side—as well as the official response, including the recent criminalisation of squatting, the brutal eviction of squatters and their widespread vilification.

Pictured as a way to reimagine and reclaim the city, squatting offers an alternative to housing insecurity, oppressive property speculation and the negative effects of urban regeneration. We must, more than ever, reanimate and remake the urban environment as a site of radical social transformation.
ISBN 9781781687864
Quantity 1
Pages 304
Author Alexander Vasudevan
Format Paperback
Publisher Verso Books, London and New York
Category Planning and the Urban Environment
Keywords Urban communities, Occupy, Squatting, alternative housing, DIY, socio-political
Language English

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