‘Nested enterprises’? Spatial
dimensions of ecological governance
Do the twain ever meet? ‘Natural’ and ‘man-made’ systems and
the problem of scale
The nature–society interface: different scales, problems of fit,
Space is of central concern to rational ecological governance.
Environmental problems and resource management issues cross
the man-made scales of local, regional or national governments.
The question thus becomes how ‘to negotiate a better fit’ in
responding to very complex ecological challenges
Space and the Speculative in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”
In a 1961 interview with the journalist Studs Terkel, James Baldwin offered a riveting assessment of Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues.” “It’s a fantastic kind of understatement,” Baldwin tells Terkel. “It’s the way I want to write.” Baldwin hears something in Bessie, a sonic and discursive quality he aspires to and identifies as “fantastic.” This essay considers the speculative undertones of Bessie’s blues and Baldwin’s literary realism. I argue that Bessie’s doubled vocalization in “Backwater Blues” lyrically declares her immobility and circumscription, while tonally staging freedom and boundlessness. Baldwin is drawn to this dual orientation and enunciation, a vocalization that in its iteration of the real transcends the social, spatial, and imaginative limitations of that order. If we read “Sonny’s Blues” the way Baldwin hears Bessie, as a fantastic kind of understatement, we discern subtle sonic and spatial iterations of the irreal. Attending to microtonal sounds in “Sonny’s Blues”—screams, whistling, jukeboxes—I show that the speculative emerges in Baldwin’s story when the sonic overrides the racialized inscription of space.
A conceptual framework for considering mapping projects as they change
Maps as foams and the rheology
of digital spatial media: a conceptual
framework for considering mapping
projects as they change over time
The world of mapping has rapidly moved from provisioning users with static twodimensional hard copy displays to maps that are on-line, immediate and dynamic.
(Cartwright, 2013: 56)
With a curious twist, we have come to think of a map like a ‘folding’ map that
we carry around on our travels – a tactile three-dimensional thing with movement encapsulated in its title – as static as Abend also argues in
The Tyranny of the Cityscape in James Baldwin’s Intimate
The skyline of New York projects a dominant presence in the works of James Baldwin—even
those set elsewhere. This essay analyzes the socio-spatial relationships and cognitive
maps delineated in Baldwin’s writing, and suggests that some of the most compelling and
intense portrayals of New York’s psychogeographic landscape vibrate Baldwin’s text. In The
Price of the Ticket (1985), Baldwin’s highly personalized accounts of growing up in Harlem
and living in New York map the socio-spatial relationships at play in domestic, street,
and blended urban spaces, particularly in the title essay, “Dark Days,” and “Here Be
Dragons.” Baldwin’s third novel, Another Country (1962), outlines a multistriated vision
of New York City; its occupants traverse the cold urban territory and struggle beneath the
jagged silhouette of skyscrapers. This essay examines the ways in which Baldwin composes
the urban scene in these works through complex image schemas and intricate geometries, the
city’s levels, planes, and perspectives directing the movements of its citizens. Further,
I argue that Baldwin’s dynamic use of visual rhythms, light, and sound in his depiction of
black life in the city, creates a vivid cartography of New York’s psychogeographic
terrain. This essay connects Baldwin’s mappings of Harlem to an imbricated visual and
sonic conception of urban subjectivity, that is, how the subject is constructed through a
simultaneous and synaesthetic visual/scopic and aural/sonic relation to the city, with a
focus on the movement of the body through city space.
I focus on two contemporary art installations in which Teresa Margolles employs
water used to wash corpses during autopsies. By running this water through a fog
machine or through air conditioners, these works incorporate bodily matter but
refuse to depict, identify or locate anybody (or any body) within it. Rather,
Margolles creates abstract works in which physical limits – whether of bodies or
of art works – dissolve into a state of indeterminacy. With that pervasive
distribution of corporeal matter, Margolles charts the dissolution of the
social, political and spatial borders that contain death from the public sphere.
In discussing these works, I consider Margolles’ practice in relation to the
social and aesthetic function of the morgue. Specifically, I consider how
Margolles turns the morgue inside out, opening it upon the city in order to
explore the inoperative distinctions between spaces of sociality and those of
death. In turn, I consider how Margolles places viewers in uneasy proximity to
mortality, bodily abjection and violence in order to illustrate the social,
political and aesthetic conditions by which bodies become unidentifiable. I
ultimately argue that her aesthetic strategies match her ethical aspirations to
reconsider relations to death, violence and loss within the social realm.
Searching for Black Queer Domesticity at Chez Baldwin
Magdalena J. Zaborowska
This essay argues for the importance of James Baldwin’s last house, located in St. Paul-de-Vence in the south of France, to his late works written during the productive period of 1971–87: No Name in the Street (1972), If Beale Street Could Talk (1974), The Devil Finds Work (1976), Just Above My Head (1979), The Evidence of Things Not Seen (1985), and the unpublished play The Welcome Table (1987). That period ushered in a new Baldwin, more complex and mature as an author, who became disillusioned while growing older as a black queer American who had no choice but to live abroad to get his work done and to feel safe. Having established his most enduring household at “Chez Baldwin,” as the property was known locally, the writer engaged in literary genre experimentation and challenged normative binaries of race, gender, and sexuality with his conceptions of spatially contingent national identity. The late Baldwin created unprecedented models of black queer domesticity and humanism that, having been excluded from U.S. cultural narratives until recently, offer novel ways to reconceptualize what it means to be an American intellectual in the twenty-first-century world.
communities in crisis in the future. Scott-Smith’s paper shifts attention to humanitarian architecture, arguing that
the humanitarian sector often relies on an uncritical technophilia, which fetishises
objects rather than focusing on politics and process. Using shelter as his site of
analysis, he suggests that ‘buildings without architecture’ are bound to
fall short of the socio-spatial challenges of producing appropriate, diverse and
affordable shelter. Illustrated through the Viennese projects Places for
privileging of the
design principle over the need for, or even the possibility of, political change. Design Not Politics The computational turn and societal dependence on digital technologies has changed the way the
world is understood and the status of humans within it ( Chandler, 2018 ). The privileging of the design principle is central to this change.
Besides the spatial shift from circulation to connectivity, an ontological, epistemological and
methodological translation has also taken place ( Duffield,
2018 ). While anticipating late-modernity, the
Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
‘It’s a spatial design,’ he acknowledged, but
‘it’s very much a product.’ 4 When pressed on the difference between architecture and
product design he stressed that architecture was more concerned with aesthetics, the
specific needs of a client and the unique conditions of a site. The Ikea-funded
shelter, however, had been devised to respond to the constraints of cost and
transportability, while aiming to be applicable everywhere. ‘The end users
are by definition unknown
Sweden is seen as a forerunner in environmental and ecological policy. This book is about policies and strategies for ecologically rational governance, and uses the Swedish case study to ask whether or not it is possible to move from a traditional environmental policy to a broad, integrated pursuit of sustainable development, as illustrated through the ‘Sustainable Sweden’ programme. It begins by looking at the spatial dimensions of ecological governance, and goes on to consider the integration and effectiveness of sustainable development policies. The book analyses the tension between democracy and sustainable development, which has a broader relevance beyond the Swedish model, to other nation states as well as the European Union as a whole. It offers the latest word in advanced implementation of sustainable development.