Extended Urbanization 3: The Operationalization of Landscapes

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Christian Schmid, Nikolaos Katsikis
Chairs: Christian Schmid


Today, urban research is increasingly confronted with urbanisation processes that are unfolding far beyond the realm of agglomerations, urban regions and even mega city-regions. Urbanisation has got a planetary reach: novel patterns of urbanisation are crystallizing in various environments, in agricultural areas, in the space of seeming wilderness and in the oceans, challenging inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded zone and a dense settlement type. This process of extended urbanisation includes the formation of complex and multi-scalar centre-periphery relationships, the blurring and rearticulation of the urban fabric, the production of a functionalised logistical space, and the progressive enclosure and operationalisation of landscapes around the world to fuel the rapid intensification of metropolitan growth. These observations suggest a radical rethinking of inherited cartographies of the urban, at all spatial scales, encompassing both built and unbuilt spaces. This novel topic in urban research urgently needs further empirical as well as theoretical foundational work. With this series of three sessions we bring together a wide range of contributions that show different ways of engaging with the concept of extended urbanization, and explore and analyze a wide variety of concrete empirical examples.

This third session discusses the “operationalisation of landscapes” (Brenner and Schmid 2015). This term designates the subsumption of entire landscapes under the logic of capital accumulation for the production of raw material and agricultural products. This process goes hand in hand with a massive rationalisation and automation, dramatically reducing the necessary labour power for the production process. Operationalisation of landscapes applies not only to the large-scale automation of resource extraction (such as tar sands or huge mining complexes), but also to agriculture, and to places for waste disposal.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nikolaos Katsikis*, , Operational Landscapes of Primary Production in the American Midwest 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Rodrigo Castriota*, Center for Development and Regional Planning - UFMG, Extended Urbanization in Eastern Amazonia: the operationalization of Carajás 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Nancy Couling*, TU Delft, Extension, Disjunction and Cultivation across the North Sea 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Julia Smachylo*, Harvard University, Managed Forests as Urban Fabric 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Juan Miguel Kanai University of Sheffield 20 6:20 PM

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