A Practical Guide to Squatting is a subversive how-to guide on the basics of squatting, illustrating the various tactical and strategic predicaments of inhabiting vacant buildings. While the practice of squatting is controversial, the book’s primary agenda is to reveal a sub-culture of people who squat or glean and sustain low-tech and self-sufficient lifestyles in a friendly and non-violent manner. Many people practice squatting and gleaning not because they have to but because they value what the other half throws away and abandons. More than 1/3 of the world’s population live in homes they built themselves. Architecture is not only practiced by educated professionals, but also by the disenfranchised, the layman, and the collective. Beneath its cheeky imagery, the book is trying to show the world that squatting, gleaning, canning, binning, scavenging and the like is not paltry behavior, but provides a meaningful contribution to a world most of us know little about.
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