Geographies of Green Infrastructure II: Green Dreams

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (MDT)
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Marissa Matsler, Zbigniew Grabowski, Andrea Gerlak
Chairs: Marissa Matsler


Green Dreams, Green Nightmares, Green Amnesia: multi-faceted geographies of Green Infrastructure

Marissa Matsler, Cary Institute
Andrea Gerlak, University of Arizona
Zbigniew Grabowski, Cary Institute
Sara Meerow, Arizona State University

The framing and mobilization of green infrastructure (GI) reveals social, political, and infrastructural histories of urban planning and formation. GI, as a concept, is both a chameleon, being reshaped by the arenas it is called into (i.e. urban planning, engineering, social justice advocacy, etc.), and displays significant interpretive instability, where different observers and scholars believe that they are referring to the same phenomenon but each possess radically different and often incompatible understandings. It is this dual instability of GI which has enabled it to be touted as a panacea to all that ails the city, as well as facilitating a wide variety of GI applications and interventions in urban systems. At present, increasing scrutiny over the social impacts of GI programs highlights concerns over how the discursive mobilization of GI as a planning and infrastructure tool collides with or reinforces long standing processes of inequitable urban development. To provide some clarity to this murky terrain, this session explores a number of disparate scholarly projects researching the variety of motivations for, and outcomes of, GI’s mobilization in cities around the world, in particular engaging interdisciplinary studies of equity and social justice, financibility and implementation challenges, and discursive delineation and definition of GI from urban natures and ecosystems.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Marissa Matsler Cary Institute 5 9:55 AM
Presenter Natalie Gulsrud*, University of Copenhagen, Silvija Krajter Ostoić, Croatian Forest Research Institute, Rebecca L Rutt, University Copenhagen, Anton Stahl Olafsson, University of Copenhagen, Riikki Paloniemi, Finnish Environmental Institute, David Pearlmutter, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bruno Marić, University of Sarajevo, Alan J Simson, Leeds Becket University, School of Art, Architecture and Design, Lighter shades of green: potential governance implications of the European Green Capital Award 19 10:00 AM
Presenter Rae Zimmerman*, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Ryan Brenner, NYU Wagner, Green Infrastructure Finance: The Next Stage in Green Infrastructure Implementation 19 10:19 AM
Presenter Dustin L Herrmann*, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Participant Program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Adam Berland, Department of Geography, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA, William D Shuster, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, US EPA, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Aligning Scales in Social and Environmental Elements of Urban Green Infrastructure 19 10:38 AM
Presenter Tijana Jovanovic*, SESYNC, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center , Benoit Permentier, SESYNC, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center , Ana Mijic, Imperial College London, Urban green infrastructure multifunctionality, benefits and tradeoffs 19 10:57 AM
Discussant Sara Meerow University of Michigan 19 11:16 AM

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