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Contesting imaginaries in the Australian city: Urban planning, public storytelling and the implications for climate change

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posted on 2024-06-03, 13:10 authored by Emily PotterEmily Potter
In Australia, environmental degradation goes hand in hand with exclusionary and mono-vocal tactics of place-making. This article argues that dominant cultural imaginaries inform material and discursive practices of place-making with significant consequence for diverse, inclusive and climate change-responsive urban environments. Urban planning in the modern global city commonly deploys imaginaries in line with neoliberal logics, and this article takes a particular interest in the impact of this on Indigenous Australians, whose original dispossession connects through to current Indigenous urban experiences of exclusion which are set to intensify in the face of increasing climate change. The article explores what urban resilience means in this context, focusing on a case study of urban development in Port Adelaide, South Australia, and broadens the question of dispossession through the forces of global capital to potentially all of humanity in the Anthropocene.

History

Journal

Urban Studies

Volume

57

Pagination

1536-1552

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0042-0980

eISSN

1360-063X

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, Urban Studies Journal Limited

Issue

7

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD