Understanding the Territoriality of a Locally Unwanted Facility: The Case of the Boramae Waste Transfer Station, 1986-2016

Authors: Ahyun Song*, Seoul National University
Topics: Urban Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Political Geography
Keywords: Locally Unwanted Facility, LULUs, Territory, Networked Territory, Territoriality
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the territory of a certain locally unwanted facility appears as a result of its establishment and control. We use an example of the Boramae Waste Transfer Station in Seoul, South Korea. The main results are as follows. First, a territory of the waste facility is constructed as the result of its basic function, which is affected by a waste management policy. In this context, the territory contains connectivity that affects not only its fundamental function, which is collecting and shifting waste, but also several functions of relevant institutions from urban planning to legality. Second, the territory is adjusted over time to reflect the surrounding influences and shifts. In the case of the Boramae Waste Transfer Station, the territory was re-territorialized as the result of increasing numbers of related actors and their complicated network. Third, the territory is inevitably displaced by external reasons, which inevitably implies re-territorialization in other substitutes rather than vanishing. As long as the generation of waste continues, the major role of the territory is necessarily transferred or redistributed to other facilities.

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