Territories of Extended Urbanisation

Event Date:
16 Jan 2018 09:00 AM - 16 Jan 2018 06:00 PM
Event Venue:
Future Cities Laboratory, #06-01, CREATE Tower


The concept of planetary urbanisation has become a widely debated topic, arising from observation in the last decades that urbanisation has a planetary reach. The boundaries of the urban have exploded to encompass vast territories far beyond the limits of even the largest megacity regions. This process of extended urbanisation includes the progressive enclosure, operationalisation and industrialisation of landscapes around the world to fuel the rapid metropolitan growth in recent decades.

Meanwhile, novel patterns of urbanisation in agricultural areas, in the space of seeming wilderness, and in the oceans, are challenging inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded zone and a dense settlement type. These observations suggest a radical rethinking of inherited cartographies of the urban at all spatial scales. 

This conference features keynote lectures ‘Mapping Planetary Urbanisation’ by Dr Philippe Rekacewicz and ‘Extended Extensive Intensive: Tissues of Contemporary Urbanisation Southward’ by Prof Dr AbdouMaliq Simone. It brings together renowned as well as young scholars who will explore and analyse case studies from Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, China, Africa, the US, Greece, the Brazilian Amazon, and even the ocean, to show different ways of engaging with extended urbanisation today.

The conference also presents a dialogue between the Territories of Extended Urbanisation and Urban-Rural System - two research projects in the framework of the Future Cities Laboratory that engage in the analysis of such processes. View programme here.

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