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Title: Living on a building site: Young people’s experiences of emerging ‘Sustainable Communities’ in England
Authors: Kraftl, Peter
Christensen, Pia
Horton, John
Hadfield-Hill, Sophie
First Published: 3-Oct-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Geoforum, 2013, 50, pp. 191–199
Abstract: This paper examines experiences of young people (9–16) who live in new communities that are under construction. In the context of large-scale housing developments, built in England after 2000, it analyses various ways in which young people engage with life ‘on a building site’. From ethnographic research in three unfinished communities, several inter-linked themes became apparent: how young people engaged with building sites in both aesthetic and material registers; how building sites could, paradoxically, constitute places for both safer play and of significant risk; how such sites could afford sociability whilst simultaneously representing foci for intergenerational tensions. Thus, the paper contributes to studies of architecture/urban design, geographical studies of childhood, and expands a recent call for critical geographies of construction sites. In particular, we argue for the significance of building sites as important, often-overlooked times and places where meaning–making and everyday routines are fostered and normalised in new communities.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.08.009
ISSN: 0016-7185
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2013. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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