Terrain Vague: The Interstitial as Site, Concept, Intervention, Ed. Patrick Barron and Manuela Mariani (Routledge, Fall 2013) arrived today. Inside is a piece called “Garbage Arcadia: Digging for Choruses in Fresh Kills,” discussing the gossip under the ground of devastated landscapes such as an anonymous Superfund site adjacent to my childhood home and Fresh Kills Landfill, and numerous attempts to score a way to a commons, both solo & in collaboration with Kathy Westwater and Seung Jae Lee.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Patrick Barron, Introduction: “At the Edge of the Pale”

Chapter 2. Ignasi de Solà-Morales, “Terrain Vague”

I. Locations

Chapter 3. Carole Lévesque, “Welcome to Bachoura, or the Found City as Interstice.”

Chapter 4. Stavros Stavrides, “Open Space Appropriations and the Potentialities of a ‘City of Thresholds’”

Chapter 5. Jerry Herron, “Three Meditations on the Ruins of Detroit”

Chapter 6. Tanu Sankalia, “Perception and Exploration of Interstitial Space: Slots in San Francisco”

Chapter 7. Heike Rahmann and Marieluise Jonas, “Void Potential: Spatial Dynamics and Cultural Manifestations of Residual Spaces”

II. Traversings

Chapter 8. Francesco Careri, “Transurbance”

Chapter 9. Stanka Radović, “On the Threshold: Terrain Vague as Living Space in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker”

Chapter 10. Guy Königstein, “Paradoxical Spaces”

Chapter 11. Jennifer Scappettone, “Garbage Arcadia: Digging for Choruses in Fresh Kills”

Chapter 12. Karen A. Franck, “Isn’t All Public Space Terrain Vague?”

III. Applications

Chapter 13. Jill Desimini, “Notions of Nature and a Model for Managed Urban Wilds”

Chapter 14. Krystallia Kamvasinou and Marion Roberts, “Interim Spaces: Vacant Land, Creativity, and Innovation in the Context of Uncertainty”

Chapter 15. Jim Stevens and Anirban Adhya, “The Interstitial Challenge: Manifestations of Terrain Vague in Detroit and Clichy-sous-Bois, Paris”

Chapter 16. Elizabeth Golden, “Following the Berlin Wall”

Chapter 17. Quentin Stevens, “Vague Recollections: Obscurity and Uncertainty in Contemporary Public Memorials”