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For the People, By the People. A visual story on the DIY City | Afaina de Jong | 9789081811507

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For the People, By the People

A visual story on the DIY City

Auteur:Afaina de Jong

Uitgever:Ultra De La Rue

ISBN: 978-90-818115-0-7

  • Hardcover
  • Engels
  • 148 pagina's
  • 17 apr. 2012

For the People, By the People is a visual story about how people influence change in the city. The collapse of faith in top-down planning has been followed by a renewed interest in the self-generating wisdom of bottom-up urban initiatives. What does it mean when people act as the urban change agents that direct the life and death of the world’s cities? Fusing her photography with a manifesto-like text, architect Afaina de Jong marks the people in the streets as the starting point of all urban trends and cultural innovation. And calls upon us all to become architects of our environment.

For the People, By the People is a visual story about how people influence change in the city. The collapse of faith in top-down planning has been followed by a renewed interest in the self-generating wisdom of bottom-up urban initiatives. What does it mean when people act as the urban change agents that direct the life and death of the world’s cities? Fusing her photography with a manifesto-like text, architect Afaina de Jong marks the people in the streets as the starting point of all urban trends and cultural innovation. And calls upon us all to become architects of our environment.

This is the century of city lovers. De Jong sheds a new light on what architecture and the city can be in the 21st century with a DIY attitude at the heart of the city making process. The main narrative of the book aims to create a consciousness about what movements can serve as a basis for sustainable urbanism rooted firmly in local communities. Through visual storytelling the book opens up the discourse on the future city to not only the professional city makers, but to everyone who is invested in their urban surroundings. The book is made up out of photographs that Afaina de Jong took between 2003 and 2010 in New York, London, Barçelona, Tokyo, Amsterdam, São Paulo and other cities. And explores current urban trends in urban culture&identity, grassroots activism, the demise of public space, urban poverty and city farming.

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