The Variegated Nature of Placemaking Practices: Geographies of Difference I

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 32
Organizers: Flavia Maria Lake, J Zoe Malot
Chairs: Flavia Maria Lake


This session aims to attract participants whose work centers placemaking -- broadly conceptualized as the power-laden social relations that (re)produce meaningful spaces. Geographies of race, space, and difference examines places as important sites of contestation and negotiation over belonging, race/racialization, and identity. Seeking to understand which people and narratives are included and/or excluded in these processes of negotiations - what does placemaking offer to this analysis? With a particular interest in emerging trends and conversations surrounding placemaking as a diverse spatial practice, we welcome conceptual, theoretical, and empirical research. Our goal for this session is to bring together a range of people working on placemaking who otherwise might not see their work in the same session.

Potential themes could include:
-Examining placemaking across different scales, contexts, and/or actors
-Social, political, and economic drivers behind placemaking
-Placemaking as construction of social categories and exclusions, along the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, or national origin
-Geographies of inclusion and exclusion
-Resistance and placemaking strategies
-Relational placemaking
-Creative placemaking/New cartographies
-Democratization of placemaking processes

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Flavia Maria Lake ( and J. Zoe Malot ( by December 1st.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Yifan Sun*, University of Washington, Bo Zhao, University of Washington, Imaginary place: The encounter of geographical imagination with everyday places 15 8:00 AM
Presenter J Zoe Malot*, UCLA Geogrphy, Contested Spaces And Artistic Places – The Aestheticization of Wall Space in LA’s Arts District 15 8:15 AM
Presenter MyungIn Ji*, University of Kentucky, Becoming (In)Authentic: The Role of Aesthetic Placemaking in Gentrification 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Mario Cardozo*, Kutztown University, Embracing self and others: Philadelphia animal murals 15 8:45 AM
Discussant Jason Luger Northumbria University 15 9:00 AM

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