Geographies of Green Infrastructure III: Green Amnesia

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Climate Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Marissa Matsler, Andrea Gerlak, Sara Meerow
Chairs: Zbigniew Grabowski


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 Zbigniew Grabowski Portland State University 5 1:10 PM
Presenter Nermin Dessouky*, University of California, Whose Green Is It Anyway? The Challenges of Operating Green Infrastructure in Residential Neighborhoods 19 1:15 PM
Presenter Henry Nieberg*, Macalester College, Los Angeles’ Riparian Renaissance: Rethinking Gentrification through City-Wide Green Infrastructure Projects 19 1:34 PM
Presenter Katie Krupala*, University of North Texas, Green Entrepreneurialism and the Making of the Trinity River Corridor: The Intersection of Nature and Capital in Dallas, Texas 19 1:53 PM
Presenter Marissa Matsler*, Cary Institute, Green Infrastructure and the Depoliticization of Urban Water Governance 19 2:12 PM
Discussant Hamil Pearsall Temple University 19 2:31 PM

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