Vanesa Castan Broto, University College London, UK, spoke on Urban infrastructure landscape and the politics of dwelling at the Nexus Network Urban Nexus workshop on 12 May 2016.
Vanesa outlined an attempt to rethink theoretical approaches to understand how infrastructure relates to processes of urbanization in the city. Taking a landscape perspective on dwelling practices, and taking a comparative urbanist approach, the talk explored the ways in which infrastructure- particularly energy infrastructure- becomes embedded in everyday life but yet visible as ready-to-hand artefacts.
Download Vanesa’s talk here VanesaCB Nexus_presentation
The Nexus Network Urban Nexus workshop was held on 12 and 13 May 2016 at the University of Sussex. Around 60 people were involved and took stock of what kind of plural understandings of ‘urban nexuses’ are emerging, produced by (partnerships between) activists, communities, think tanks, corporations, and multilateral organizations, natural scientists, humanities scholars and social scientists.
You can see the full programme on the Urban Nexus workshop page.
Image credit, with many thanks to Nathan Oxley at the STEPS centre.