Materiality and Maintenance: Neglected but Essential Aspects of Urban Environments

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Karen Franck
Chairs: Tim Edensor


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 Dan Santos*, Clark University, A material lens on socio-technical transitions: The case of steel in Australian buildings 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Jonathan Ablitt*, Cardiff University, Reclaiming the clean-cut city: moral revanchism in urban pedestrian maintenance practices in Cardiff City Centre 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Daniel Florentin*, Mines Paris Tech, A hole in the pipe: material, urban and socio-political challenges of renewing water networks. Insights from French configurations 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Lauren Wagner*, Maastricht University, Protecting the roof: Conceptualizing 'care' by absent second home owners 20 9:00 AM

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