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The Streetscape as a Site of Urban Governance and Contestation I

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


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 Julius Chiang*, , Designing Urban Neighbourhoods: Enacting urban potentialities through social and spatial practice 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Sarah Hosman*, Drexel University, “ ‘To Hell With Urban Renewal:’ Resolving the Cultural Legacy of a Federal Housing Program” 15 12:00 AM
Presenter MyungIn Ji*, University of Kentucky, Doing Simulacra: Heritage, Hyperreality, and Gentrification in Seoul 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Rebecca Summer University of Wisconsin - Madison 15 12:00 AM

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