Heterotopia and the urban politics of climate change experimentation

Edwards, Gareth A S and Bulkeley, Harriet (2018) Heterotopia and the urban politics of climate change experimentation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36 (2). pp. 350-369. ISSN 0263-7758

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Seeking to govern the city in relation to climate change is a political project that at once imagines the present in terms of the future and the future in terms of the present. The urban politics of climate change has brought multiple visions of the possibilities (and limits) of urban futures. In this context, we find urban responses taking experimental form – creating sites through which to explore and experience different urban futures. They provide spaces in which utopian visions can be imagined, enacted and contested. Conceptualizing urban climate change experiments as heterotopic sites seems fruitful in at least two regards. Firstly, it captures their provisional and ambivalent relationship with the broader urban milieu. Secondly, and even more critically, it opens up the dialogues between the future and present which are at the heart of the climate governance project, and highlights the spatial form of these politics. We examine both with reference to two examples of climate experimentation in Berlin and Philadelphia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heterotopia,climate politics,philadelphia,berlin,climate change experimentation,foucault,governing the future
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 06:05
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 09:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65546
DOI: 10.1177/0263775817747885

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