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Margaret Crawford

Public Spaces from the Bottom Up

Margaret Crawford, a professor and chair of the history and theory program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, received a special 1998 award to fund a chapter of her book Public Spaces from the Bottom Up. This is a study of the creation of new forms of urban public space in Los Angeles, where areas of activities such as street vending, garage sales, and uses of vacant lots demonstrate ways urban residents are redefining public space.