Planetary Urbanization — a Theory Seminar
Today, urban research is increasingly confronted with large-scale urbanization processes that unfold far beyond the realm of agglomerations, urban regions, and even mega city-regions. Urbanization has achieved a planetary reach; novel patterns of urbanization are crystallizing across diverse environments, in agricultural areas, in the space of what may appear to be wilderness, and even in the oceans. This challenges inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded zone and a dense settlement type. The process of planetary urbanization includes the formation of complex and multi-scalar relationships between centers and peripheries, the blurring and re-articulation of the urban fabric, the production of a functionalized logistical space, and the progressive operationalization of landscapes around the world. These observations suggest a radical rethinking of inherited concepts and cartographies of the urban, at all spatial scales, encompassing both built and unbuilt spaces.
In this research seminar, we will present some of the most recent and cutting-edge research investigations into planetary urbanization and discuss some of the most exciting articles in this fascinating new field of urban research.