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Fragments / ferments d'urbanité

Abstract : For a long time, the way we look at Indonesia's slums has been shaped by the stigma they are subjected to: the marginality of the inhabitants, the fragility of the buildings, the denunciation of informality, illegality and spontaneity. But attention to all these fragments of the city, of life and housing reveals another dimension: that of interstices which, in contrast to the city of congested avenues, concrete extensions, exclusive shopping centres and business districts and closed residences, offer persistent paths to urbanity. Photography makes it possible to shift the gaze and question the very categories by which these neighbourhoods, so present in Java (Indonesia), have been seen. The image of marginality is tempered by the innumerable signs of the inhabitants' integration into the life of the urban ensemble: signs of mobility, evocation of trades, deployment of daily life on the scale of a sensitive humanity, care taken in the decoration of even the most fragile dwellings, love of nature, vegetalisation of the surroundings and edges. The buildings themselves are no longer seen as the stigma of illegality, but rather as signs of anchoring, pragmatism and urban belonging. Informality does have a form.
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Denis Bocquet. Fragments / ferments d'urbanité. Fred Maillard, Loup Calosci, Denis Bocquet. Jawa Tengah Combo : Formes et motifs urbains de Java central (Fred Maillard, Loup Calosci, Denis Bocquet, Paris, Terrain de Jeux, 2020, 84p.), Terrain de Jeux, 2020, 978-2-9574189-0-9. ⟨halshs-02997601⟩



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