Disruptions and Cities
‘Disruptions and breakdowns in normal geographies of circulation allow us to excavate the usually hidden politics of flow and connection, of mobility and immobility, within contemporary societies.’ (Graham 2010, Disrupted Cities)
Urbanization is interacting with more and more complex infrastructural circuits and materialities of the city. Failures or ‘disruptions’ of these infrastructures (e.g., electricity, food, water, waste, transport, information) impact the daily life in cities in various ways. They may both threaten the continuity and stability of cities and also provide opportunities for policy and behaviour change. From a theoretical perspective ‘disruptions’ allow us to rethink and retheorize the material flows in cities. From a policy perspective new opportunities for change may arise (Graham 2010). In the lecture series we take a closer look at various types of disruptions and related opportunities for policy and behaviour changes.