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New Geographies 02 - Landscapes of Energy
Working titles/abstracts - 1 February
Paper submission - 26 March
From oil booms to oil dooms the quest for fuel energy has drilled sections into the earth, inhabited its surface and surfed its oceans and skies. To move oil and gas from crude wells to urban environments, the extractive industry developed into the quintessential global infrastructure with fantasies for an ever-increasing demand and a frictionless flow within the pipeline. Design responded and built energy's territory: it inscribed power-lines into the landscape mobilising nature as resource, conquering 'wilderness', and redefining spatial relations across scales. In moments of rejoice and crisis, design nurtured oil's desire for energy intensive urban environments and petro-dollar developments while flirting with experiments iin alternative landscapes of energy and healing through post-industrial scars of abandoned oil rigs and platforms. Throughout, and as the growing energy consumption is unearthing finite resources, 'energy security' was constantly to redefine these landscapes into alternative sources and geographies.
In Issue 2 of New Geographies, we explore the agency of design disciplines in the production of landscapes of energy across sites, actors and networks. Away from dichotomies, of oil and blessing/curse and energy as grey/green, we propose that the relation of energy and the environment extends beyond the immediate 'field of production' into a mode of organisation and space relations. Across sites and scales, and through the lens of geographical, regional and architectural, we invite submissions that address the spatial condition of oil as a mode of energy in relation to nature, resources, building technology, environmental aesthetics, political ecology, urban infrastructures, regional planning and geopolitics.
Contact: Rania Ghosn, Harvard University
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