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Makeshift implies a temporary or expedient substitute for something else, something missing. Make_Shift City extends the term to embrace urban design strategies. Make_Shift City implies a condition of insecutiry: the inconstant, the imperfect, and the indeterminate. It also implies the designing act of shifting or reinterpretation as a form of urban détournement. Austerity urbanism and the increasing scarcity of resources among the cities and boroughs of Europe in particular have far-reaching consequences for civic space. Where there is a lack of regular planning processes, gaps arise as open spaces that enable an ad hoc informal urban design. What often results is a process of urban commoning: the renegotation of shared spaces and shared resources. This urbanism of small acts is an emancipatory practice; a reimagining of the city space and its potentialities.
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