Materiality and Maintenance Part II: Neglected but Essential Aspects of Urban Environments

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Karen Franck
Chairs: Tim Edensor


This is Session II of two sessions on this topic

The kinds of structures and materials used to create built environments increasingly reveal problems of sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change and related disasters. In addition, in the context of austerity and funding reduction, the lack of ongoing maintenance of infrastructure in the US and elsewhere has reached emergency levels, disrupting and threatening people’s lives on a daily basis. Such circumstances demonstrate the value of considering the topics of materiality and maintenance of urban environments from both conceptual and empirical perspectives, with a contemporary or historical focus. The organizers invite submissions that address: diverse regimes for repair and maintenance; changing or contested technologies deployed to restore material order; material affordances that building materials offer and their resistance or susceptibility to decay; suspension of certain procedures of maintenance and initiation of others that indicate the valuing and devaluing of places, structures and uses; and distinct place- or time-based techniques that take into account local, non-human and human agencies of decay and disrepair.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Georgia Lindsay*, University of Colorado, Things as Users of Space: Designing for the Materiality of Non-human Actors 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Han Yan*, New Jersey Institute Of Technology, Pairing Ecological Restoration with Urban Repair: A Nationwide Program in China 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Karen Franck*, new jersey institute of technology, The City’s Floor: Paving and People 20 10:40 AM
Discussant Karen Franck new jersey institute of technology 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Tim Edensor Manchester Metropolitan University 20 11:20 AM

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