Aesthetic justice and urban post-industrial industrial greenspace

Authors: Jennifer Foster*, York Universtiy
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Environment, Environmental Perception
Keywords: environmental aesthetics, critical planning, urban environmental justice, post-industrial urban spaces
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
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This presentation explores the intersections between environmental aesthetics, critical planning and urban environmental justice in post-industrial urban spaces, where novel ecological assemblages emerge in response to rapidly changing landscape forms and functions. The ecological prospects of neglected or disused urban post-industrial space are exciting, as are the socio-cultural opportunities for less conventional spatial practices. Once these spaces gain mainstream attention, political and economic strategies for brownfield regeneration and adaptive re-use typically take hold and they are rendered “safe” and aesthetically sanitized, diminishing ecological richness and socio-cultural prospects. How can urban planners, residents and activists mobilize desires, preferences and needs of underrepresented groups with diverse aesthetic experiences and sensibilities? How can they do so in marginal, disused and “degraded” post-industrial urban space? How can we plan against the dominant logic of urban development and capital accumulation to realize the potential for unscenic and messy, yet socio-ecologically fertile, urban space?

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