Squatting offers a radical but simple solution to the crises of housing, homelessness, and the lack of social
space that mark contemporary society: occupying empty buildings and rebuilding lives and communities in
the process. Squatting has a long and complex history, interwoven with the changing and contested nature of
urban politics over the last forty years.
Squatting can be an individual strategy for shelter or a collective experiment in communal living. Squatted and
self-managed social centres have contributed to the renewal of urban struggles across Europe and intersect
with larger political projects. However, not all squatters share the same goals, resources, backgrounds or desire
Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history
in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into
squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting
Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of
militant research and self-managed knowledge production.
Essays by Miguel Mart nez, Gianni Piazza, Hans Pruijt, Pierpaolo Mudu, Claudio Cattaneo, Andre Holm,
Armin Kuhn, Linus Owens, Florence Boullon, and Thomas Aguilera.
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st October 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2