#usingspace five – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 5

Issue five was devoted to a brief and incomplete history of squatting in Brighton, UK.
A more recently updated version exists at the (defunct) Squatters Network of Brighton & Hove.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF via northern indymedia..

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#usingspace four – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 4

Issue four contained the following pieces:

– a visit to a squatted land project in central Amsterdam
– the UK national squat meet in Bristol,
– a rumination on social centres
– a large squatting action in Sweden
– a fotoreport from the Dutch national squatting day
– recycled newspaper reports

First published 2009.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF here or via zinelibrary or via northern indymedia..

#usingspace three – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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Using Space 3

Issue three featured various short pieces taken from a range of sources.

These included: thoughts about the future of squatting; a report on the progress of the now defunct maelstrom centre in Leeds; a personal history of the ELF squat in Amsterdam.

First published 2007.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF here or zinelibrary or northern indymedia..

#usingspace two – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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The story of a squatted street in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Two long articles and some fotos from the now-evicted project are included.

NOTE the second article is in Dutch, the first in English

Published in 2006, maybe. 24 pages including cover (a foto of our door with lots of luvverly stickers)

Download here or at northernindymedia or at zinelibrary

#usingspace one – a zine about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living

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From the vaults!

Issue one was released in November 2006.

It is A5 format, 24 pages with a cover and contains an account of various visited social centres in Europe, with an indepth profile of the Poortgebouw in Rotterdam.

You can mail us about getting a paper version or download a print-ready PDF from here or zinelibrary or northern indymedia..

#lookingforwardto The City is Ours

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The City Is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present

RELEASE early 2014
9781604866834

Squatters and autonomous movements have been in the forefront of radical politics in Europe for nearly a half-century—from struggles against urban renewal and gentrification, to large-scale peace and environmental campaigns, to spearheading the antiausterity protests sweeping the continent.

Through the compilation of the local movement histories of eight different cities—including Amsterdam, Berlin, and other famous centers of autonomous insurgence along with underdocumented cities such as Poznan and Athens—The City Is Ours paints a broad and complex picture of Europe’s squatting and autonomous movements.
Continue reading →

The Groene Voltage

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The Groene Voltage was a squatted social centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 2006 to 2007. In its brief lifetime it acted as a temporary autonomous zone, hosting many events. The Voltage was a free shop, a bar, a cafe, a film night, a hacklab, a meeting place and most of all a social hub for the radical left. This pamphlet is an account by one member of the collective looking at what the social centre accomplished and what it could have done better.

Pamphlet, 32 pages, English language, published in 2012.
978-1471037764
To buy – Amazon link or email us.
An earlier version of this text was published on indymedia in 2008.

#lookingforwardto Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting

Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting

Vulnerable Demons

Edited by Lorna Fox O’Mahony, David O’Mahony, Robin Hickey

TO BE PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 30 2014

#lookingforwardto Squatters’ Movement in Europe: Everyday Commons and Autonomy as Alternatives to Capitalism

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The Squatters’ Movement in Europe: Everyday Commons and Autonomy as Alternatives to Capitalism

The Squatters’ Movement in Europe is the first definitive guide to squatting as an alternative to capitalism. It offers a unique insider’s view on the movement – its ideals, actions and ways of life. At a time of growing crisis in Europe with high unemployment, dwindling social housing and declining living standards, squatting has become an increasingly popular option. The book is written by an activist-scholar collective, whose members have direct experience of squatting: many are still squatters today. There are contributions from the Netherlands, Spain, the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. In an age of austerity and precarity this book shows what has been achieved by this resilient social movement, which holds lessons for policy-makers, activists and academics alike.

RELEASED 2014
9781783710416

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The pervasive and artificial division between activism and academia is dangerous. Scholars need to get their hands dirty and people working for social change need theory.

We have a few print projects in the pipeline which will hopefully see the light of day in 2014. This website will serve both as a collection point of further resources from the texts and hopefully as a node in its own right. We’ll also be adding texts we like.

Keywords: anarchism / squatting / social centres / colin ward / social movements