Critical Spatial Practices

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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Washington 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Brent Sturlaugson
Chairs: Gregory Marinic

Call for Submissions

This panel seeks theorists and practitioners in geography, planning, art, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban studies that critically examine spatial practices in climate change resilience, sustainable design, urban metabolism, material ecologies, interior urbanism, settler geographies, and other topics.


Description

Faced with mounting concerns over social justice, cultural representation, environmental sustainability, political violence, and economic inequality, this panel seeks to assemble ways of intervening through ‘critical spatial practice.’ Drawing on Michel de Certeau’s ‘tactics’ and Henri Lefebvre’s ‘spaces of representation,’ feminist theorist and architectural historian Jane Rendell has proposed the concept of critical spatial practice to describe activities that create friction within existing systems of oppression. Documenting the work of radical artists and architects, Rendell’s extensive research offers an informal archive for scholars and activists seeking to intervene in the production of space. In addition to this archive of both historic and contemporary examples, Rendell also offers a list of specific qualities that characterize a critical spatial practice specifically rooted in feminist theory (collectivity, subjectivity, alterity, performativity, materiality). Joining Rendell in this effort to describe the contours of subversive acts of spatial production are Nishat Awan, Tatjana Schneider, and Jeremy Till who outline five ways of operating as a ‘spatial agent’ (appropriation, dissemination, empowerment, networking, subversion). And more recently, Keller Easterling has proposed distinctive characteristics of ‘medium design’ as antidotes to more authoritative design practices (indeterminacy, discrepancy, temperament, latency). While important differences exist, what brings these theories together is their attention to the character or quality of spatial production, rather than its method or name. Taking these qualitative descriptions as a point of departure, this panel seeks contributions from theorists and practitioners in geography, planning, art, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban studies that critically examine spatial practices in climate change resilience, sustainable design, urban metabolism, material ecologies, interior urbanism, settler geographies, and other topics. The panel asks several questions. How is critical spatial practice defined? What does it mean to pursue critical spatial practice? Who benefits from critical spatial practice? What qualities do critical spatial practice share? How might critical spatial practice enable alternative futures?


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Introduction Brent Sturlaugson University of Kentucky 10
Panelist Renee Tapp Harvard University 10
Panelist Elisa Iturbe 10
Panelist Emma Colven UCLA 10
Panelist Nate Millington University of Manchester 10
Panelist Elizabeth Yarina MIT 10
Panelist Marcus Owens UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design 10

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