Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space

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MIT Press
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5.4 X 8.0 X 1.4 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Charlie Hailey is Assistant Professor in the University of Florida's School of Architecture. He is the author of Campsite: Architectures of Duration and Place.

"While camps may appear like rather simple physical environments made of prefabricated repetitive shelters that permanently seek to perform their temporariness, Hailey demonstrates how complex a set of spaces camps can actually be. With almost one thousand refugee camps in more than forty countries, and tens of thousands of the other types discussed, it is increasingly apparent that no one, not least architects, can any longer ignore this emergent type of environment."--Eyal Weizman, Director of Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London University
"Hailey has focused on impermanent, or seemingly impermanent, patterns in the built environment that most of us consider marginal, demonstrating how important they are, not just as components of the landscape, but also as manifestations of our ideas and experiences. In analyzing the many types of shelter associated with 'camp, ' he delineates the centrality of his subject to landscape forms. Through his organization of this material, he demonstrates the great range of human conditions related to 'camp.' Ultimately, the content transcends its important subject to offer a new and a rather profound way of looking at how we shape our environments."--Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"Drawing from an expansive range of sources, from anarchists to Boy Scouts, Katrina refugees to GTMO detainees, Hailey demonstrates his keen architect's eye in revealing camp as a pedagogic fulcrum that springs beyond traditional classroom experience. Cracking the multivalent lingo of camps, this book is more than a guide to hidden treasure or singular reading of our global territory. It is also a generative resource operating within today's interconnected terrain of identity and spatial politics, asking how we as individuals make camp."--Chris Taylor, Architect, Educator, and Director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University