Origins of the Squatter Symbol

Article by Amanda Wasielewski. An artist and writer whose research intersects media, art, and architecture. She holds a PhD in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center and is the author of Made in Brooklyn: Artists, Hipsters, Makers, Gentrifiers (2018). This research was completed thanks to funding from the Social Sciences Research Council. Email:

‘From Rogue Sign to Squatter Symbol: Origins of an Urban Meme’
Published 17th May 2019 with City.


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