Technicity and Its Implications in Urban Risk Management

Authors: Eunbi Park*, Department of Environmental Planning, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: extreme events, urban preparedness, technology, time-space system, risk management
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 6
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As the nature of innovation has changed since industrialization, global human activities have led to unprecedented urbanization. At the same time, cities became key sites that had to respond to extreme events. Advances in technics are emerging as a powerful tendency, making us rethink the relationship between humans and technology to understand human activity's nature. This approach enables a close analysis of the reality of the spatio-temporal experience of urban dwellers. In this respect, urban disasters are becoming increasingly eventized, and recent documents on urban disaster preparedness have frequently emphasized preemptive actions through technology. Despite such shifts in urban disaster perception, few studies have noted urban time-space systems' adaptation process centered on technics. Thus, in this study, the relationship between humans and technology is central to understanding the dynamics of urban risk management. Specifically, this study investigates socio-spatial dynamics of urban risk management through the case of Seoul, South Korea, and reveals the changing landscape of climate risk production.

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