Depending on the period in history infrastructure has had a variety of forms and definitions but it has always, till the 20th century been commonly known as roads, canals, railways, bridges etc.
When president Roosevelt created the “New Deal” programmes to save the United States from the great depression, little did he know that the 21st century would be about global “Deals”; the climate new deal, the infrastructural new deal and the timely “green new deal” . How can architecture, landscape and urbanism be proactive and respond to these economic, social and political issues through their respective disciplines?
President Xi JinPing has perhaps put forward one of the most ambitious infrastructural projects of the 21st Century: the re-territorialisation of the old silk road and even perhaps the conquest of the west through terrestrial and maritime infrastructural projects. This extremely complex and large scale cross continental project cannot only be looked at as an economic and geopolitical development, confronting the two global super powers toward a binary economic and political wrestling. It will have consequences on geographies, mobility, ecological migration as well as remodelling large territories promising their inhabitants prosperity.
The symposium and its future publication can use this project as a timely pretext, an opportunity and an entry to the critical examination of spatial, environmental, geographical questions that it triggers. If Edgar Chambless’ 1910 “Roadtown” triggered the plan Obus for Algiers, Broadacre City and the Ciudad Lineal, can architects, urban planners, landscape architects, architectural historians and critics today initiate a debate on the necessity of a “new deal” between metropolisation processes and the development of non-urban territories? Can intellectual debates, speculative research based projects create new spatial opportunities that bring about new ecologies?
Thursday, 11th April, 14:30 – 19:30 | Landscape Urbanism
|14:30 – 15:00||Nasrine Seraji and Marta Catalan Eraso
Welcoming and Introduction
|15:00 – 15:30||Vicente Guallart
The Distributed City
|15:30 – 16:00||Susan Dunne
Mega Ports and Globalism, On Land and Off-shore: Conceptualizing Complexity
|16:00 – 16:30||Doreen Heng Liu
Defining Publicness in Infrastructural Architecture
|16:30 – 17:00||Ashley Scott Kelly
Engaging Development through Critical Landscape Practice
|17:00 – 18:00||Discussion moderated by Marta Catalan Eraso|
|18:00 – 19:30||Michel Desvigne
Natural Infrastructures and Shapes of Time
Friday, 12th April, 9:45 – 12:30, 14:30 – 17:00 | Urban Landscape
|09:45 – 10:00||Joshua Bolchover
Welcoming and Introduction
|10:00 – 10:30||Javier Arpa Fernandez
The (Failed?) Infrastructures of Power
|10:30 – 11:00||Inge Goudsmit
Masterplanning in Asia: Conflicting Forces
|11:00 – 11:30||Nathalie Roseau
Infrastructural Dialectic: Temporalities and Scales of The City-Territory
|11:30 – 12:30||Discussion moderated by Joshua Bolchover|
|14:30 – 17:00||Closing Debate moderated by Nasrine Seraji
Javier Arpa Fernandez, Michel Desvigne, Susan Dunne, Inge Goudsmit, Vicente Guallart, Ashley Scott Kelly, Doreen Heng Liu, Nathalie Roseau, Joshua Bolchover, Marta Catalan Eraso
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