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Assaying history: creating temporal junctions through urban exploration

Assaying history: creating temporal junctions through urban exploration
Assaying history: creating temporal junctions through urban exploration
This paper discusses the role of encounters with the past in the practice of urban exploration through ethnographic research undertaken with communities of urban explorers. Urban exploration is an activity intimately connected with places that have largely reached the end of their capitalist use-life. In this paper I argue that the practice enticingly complicates understandings of places by unveiling unexpected material traces and immaterial affordances that build resilient personal attachments where the “present” tangibly intersects with the “past”. In the process urban exploration exposes possibilities for a cultural use-life of abandoned buildings beyond the event abandonment, with or without formal historical interpretation.
0263-7758
1048-1067
Garrett, Bradley L.
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Garrett, Bradley L.
e51aa011-881c-4284-8889-124b1b52efc7

Garrett, Bradley L. (2011) Assaying history: creating temporal junctions through urban exploration. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29 (6), 1048-1067. (doi:10.1068/d18010).

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This paper discusses the role of encounters with the past in the practice of urban exploration through ethnographic research undertaken with communities of urban explorers. Urban exploration is an activity intimately connected with places that have largely reached the end of their capitalist use-life. In this paper I argue that the practice enticingly complicates understandings of places by unveiling unexpected material traces and immaterial affordances that build resilient personal attachments where the “present” tangibly intersects with the “past”. In the process urban exploration exposes possibilities for a cultural use-life of abandoned buildings beyond the event abandonment, with or without formal historical interpretation.

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Published date: 2011
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 368956
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368956
ISSN: 0263-7758
PURE UUID: 478c02f8-0bdb-490a-bf11-ad645bc8906b
ORCID for Bradley L. Garrett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0414-3175

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Date deposited: 15 Sep 2014 10:53
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:22

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