Temporal Appropriation of ‘left over’ spaces

Abstract:  This paper explores the various temporalities of wastelands and derelict spaces and how these influence their production, (re)production and use. Commonly conceived as ‘urban blind spots’ and voids within a city’s fabric, it highlights with reference to a number of case studies, how these contested zones, far from being voids, represent sites of action where “multiple temporalities collide” (Crang, 2001: 189). As a consequence of temporal ‘gaps’ within spatial planning and redevelopment processes, as solid future visions ‘melt into air’ (Berman, 1982), other temporal rhythms occur as individuals appropriate these territories and “reclaim time as well as space” (Kivell and Hatfield, 1999: 123). The paper also considers the potential of such spaces and actions to act as a standpoint from which critical perspectives towards urban planning and design can be generated.

Bio:  Jo Hudson (BArch Architecture, MA Art as Environment, BA Hons Architecture) teaches at Liverpool School of Architecture, and on the Landscape Architecture BA at the Manchester School of Architecture, and has professional experience in a number of North West based architectural practices. Having recently submitted her PhD thesis; Informal Spaces: Creative (Re)appropriations of Urban Space, undertaken in the School of Science and the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University she is currently working on publications. Her research interests focus upon wastelands and derelict spaces.