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The late-modern world appears beset by various transformative crises: climatic and environmental, socio-technological, economic and spatial, ideological and material.
Jago Dodson is Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies. Jago’s research has focused on the links between housing, transport, infrastructure, employment and social conditions in cities, typically viewed through a governance and policy perspective. Much of his work has focused on the discursive dimensions of policy programs, particularly in housing. He has also led key debates around the vulnerability of suburbia to various economic and energy shocks as well as theoretical debates around future suburban trajectories in a energy constrained world. Recent work has investigated national-level housing, urban and infrastructure policy, including in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has authored and edited books on housing policy, suburban vulnerability and Australian environmental planning.
Cities of the Reconstruction: Urban planning in the predicament of late modernity
Cities, where the majority of humanity now dwells, are at the core of these manifold problems. Urban questions are now at the fore of public policy. This lecture approaches the global urban crisis through the notion of ‘reconstruction’. It argues that we need to understand the predicament of late urban modernity through the notion of ‘reconstruction’ and which has both discursive and material dimensions. This perspective argues that we cannot simply start afresh in how we urbanise, nor can we rely on some material ‘transition’ to new technologies to carry us to a safer urban future. Rather through deliberative, critical and reflective collective planning we must remake our conceptual apparatuses while reducing our material demand on our planet.
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