As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted much over the Summer. This is due to the fact that I have been working on a research paper about the geneaology of urban planning and securitization, smooth and straited spatial constructions, and more as well as a case study (looking at my hometown) of urban planning being utilized to create quasi-gated communities. After all this time, I have finished the paper and revised it to the point that I am happy. Below this is the abstract and embeded below that is the paper in its entirety. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it and I would love to hear your comments. I give you Planning and Spatiality!
In this brief paper, I attempt to start filling the holes in critical geographic theory by providing a genealogy of urban planning and critical infrastructure discourse, tracing historical manifestations of theoretical modes of spatiality, applying the understanding of the modes of spatiality by problematizing the seemingly innocuous planning and layout of my hometown, and finally, providing options for resistance to domination.
The following is, in addition to being the skeleton for a larger paper I am working on currently (you can think of this as the preview of coming attractions!), a final research paper I recently finished up. I’ve edited the citation style and added images to make it more conducive to web viewing, but the content is unaltered. In the paper, I argue that a neutral and mundane view of space is inaccurate and that space has been changed by human forces, becoming increasingly striated as powers change the world for their own ends. I also argue that urban planning as a discipline is not neutral either, but is subject to vested interests and corruption ultimately creating what some scholars have coined “the dark side” of planning. Finally, I propose two modes of resistance to the attempt to control populations via planning; a phenomenological escape, and a discursive escape.
Although I mentioned it above, it’s worth reiterating that this is significantly longer than my usual posts (as it is a building block for a much larger paper I am working on this summer). I would appreciate any and all feedback and I hope you enjoy it!
Update: The full version of the paper, “PLANNING AND SPATIALITY: THE SPATIAL CREATION OF URBAN LANDSCAPES”, is available here.