Materializing Urban Infrastructures 1

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 40
Organizers: Andrew Karvonen, Alan Wiig
Chairs: Andrew Karvonen


Be it innovation, intelligence, resilience, or sustainability, contemporary discourses of urban transformation often center on the intangible and the invisible: data flows and ‘the cloud’, novel collaborations and partnerships, imaginaries and visions, and so on. Meanwhile, the physical and material aspects of the infrastructure facilitating these efforts are often taken for granted or seen as an obvious and mundane byproduct in the various processes of reconfiguring cities. This session is situated at the intersection of Urban Geography and Science and Technology Studies to emphasize the materiality underlying the social, political, and economic processes of reworking and retrofitting the urban fabric. We invite papers that provide theoretical insights and empirical findings on both mundane and novel objects that are fundamental components of urban change, including but not limited to batteries, sensors, charging stations, streetlights, kiosks and displays, pipes, wires, and pavings. Following such objects into the landscape serves to emphasize the inherently situated and contextual character of urban infrastructure while making these activities more tangible and apparent.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Si Jie Ivin Yeo*, National University of Singapore, Engaging with infrastructures of the future: convenience, cashlessness and connection 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Ignacio Perez*, University of Oxford, Assembling oligoptic visions of the Smart City: following the transport data dispositif in Santiago de Chile 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Paolo Cardullo*, UOC, Ramon Ribera-Fumaz*, , Digital democracy in the making: the Decidim platform ecosystem 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Mohammed Arefin*, University of British Columbia, Political Ecologies of Surveillance: the history and contemporary politics of wastewater epidemiology 15 8:45 AM
Discussant Alan Wiig University of Massachusetts, Boston 15 9:00 AM

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