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Democracy underwater: public participation, technical, expertise, and climate infrastructure planning in New YorkCity

The paper provides an explanation for how increased public participation can paradoxically translate into limited democratic decision-making in urban settings. Using an in-depth case study of one of the largest coastal protection projects in the world, the East Side Coastal Resilience (ESCR) Project, and drawing on global scholarship on participation, this article narrates the social …

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What is design now? unmaking the landscape

Our era of ecological resilience and ecocide requires much more holistic and inclusive thinking about social, civic space. Kate Orff outlines the proposal for Alameda Creek, which removes the defensive infrastructures currently restraining the natural forces of the San Francisco Bay Area with the aim of reconnecting its urban and rural ecologies.

The translation of polder: Water management in the netherlands and indonesia

Analysis of the translation process of ‘polder’ as it played out in Water as Leverage for Asian Cities, a Dutch urban design initiative that took place in Semarang. Translation as a processof negotiation between designated parties which involves the exchange or transfer of something (a policy, a plan ordesign, a practice) from one realm (linguistically, …

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Theorizing the resilience district: Design-based decision making for coastal climate change adaptation

The paper focuses on how the concept of ‘resilience districts’ for urban areas vulnerable to coastal flooding can improve resilience of metropolitan areas. The paper details a resilience districting strategy for the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area. It culminates with a generalizable urban planning and design framework for protecting critical infrastructure, ‘thickening’ regional soft systems and …

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Urban resilience as critique: Problematizing infrastructure in post-Sandy New York City

This paper using Foucaultian work on problematization explores the urban resilience paradigm which emerged in the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which dramatically disrupted New York City. The paper used discourse and media analysis to examine government commissions and proposals, and site observation at panels and conferences. It highlights the inherent political nature in the …

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