Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Reconstructing Urban Natures: Building Engagements between Green Urbanism, the Resilient City, and Urban Political Ecology

Posted: 8/30/2016 (Conference)

Urban political ecology to date has shown a limited capacity to creatively appropriate the better insights emerging from planning and design literatures to move the debate forward.

In a session from April 5-10, 2017, the American Association of Geographers would like to invite a wide variety of contributions from colleagues who are seeking to think about the design-politics of green urbanism, planning and urban political ecology. They would like to consider:

  • Interventions which account for the intellectual/political and strategic impasses reached by green urbanism design/green urban planning/urban political ecology;
  • Papers which investigate ongoing pathologies and problems (from green gentrification to green governmentality) that are emerging with the materialization of green urban strategies across the planet;
  • Conceptual and political interventions which might point to more robust modes of integrating urban political ecology, green urban design and architecture, and planning for resilience;
  • Explorations of the utopian and dystopian geographies of historical and contemporary modes of eco-design and design activism–from counterculture ventures to contemporary forms of community design and architecture;
  • Examples and discussions of urban social movements and eco-urban social movements and other design activist movements that might help us productively rethink the design politics of urban ecological futures; and
  • Ways of developing a more political and strategic design politics of urban sustainability.

To apply to present, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via email to Hannah Teicher hteicher@mit.edu and Damian White dwhite01@risd.edu.

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Date: 04/06/2016

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Location: Boston, MA