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The Streetscape as a Site of Urban Governance and Contestation II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Samuel Kay, Julia Harten
Chairs: Samuel Kay


This session searches for the role that aesthetics and design play in (re)writing the dominant urban spatial order given our current moment of rapid urbanization. State interventions in the built environment through design have a long history (Carmona, 2016). But with rapid urbanization, growing cities are seeing an influx of migrants that are challenging “global city”-aspirations with immigrant urbanism (Ghertner, 2010). Informal uses of the street as major public space –vending, construction, transportation– are inspiring a resurgence of aesthetic normativity in the midst of re-negotiations of state–society power relations. This has taken varied forms, including appeals to historical preservation, futurism, and greening.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Aline Chevalier, Tongji University Shanghai, Julia Harten*, University of Southern California, Mobility Practices, Micro-economies, and the Street: Beautification and Design Governance in Shanghai 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jonathan Bratt*, Arizona State University, Beautifying the Street: The Demise of Street Vegetable Markets in Tianjin, China 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Leif Johnson*, University of Kentucky, Affects of urban non-citizenship: “Low-level” labor and underground infrastructure in a Shanghai urban upgrading project 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Samuel Kay*, Ohio State University, Tactical greening and the more-than-human politics of urban environmental risk, resilience, and scarcity 15 12:00 AM
Discussant CP Pow National University Of Singapore 15 12:00 AM

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