To analyse communicative channels, flows and fixities that shape how two interrelated adaptation technologies for living with sea level change (i.e. multifunctional dyking, as well as artificial islands and other forms of ‘floating’ design) pattern diverse coastal futures of Jakarta, Metro Manila, and Singapore.
How are globalised infrastructural practices for living with/in spite of and for living from ‘sea change’ shaping the contested ways in which coastal cities are envisioned and materialised, at times in uneven and contradictory ways?
- Micro-practices of ‘mobility agents’ in the traveling ‘business’ of adaption (Rapoport/Hult, 2017);
- Assemblage approaches (McFarlane/Silver, 2017);
- Affect theory and the anthropology of infrastructures (McKenzie, 2017; Jensen, 2017).
Participant observation, in-depth interviews, and community transect walking; participatory mapping.
The multi-sited project advances two key conceptual and methodological lines for mobilities research:
a) mid-range theory development on global circuits of urban “speculative futuring” by tracing how infrastructural ideas and technologies are translated, legitimized and contested; b) furthering ongoing work in “follow-the-moving target” methodology.
Link to the Blue Urban website: https://blueurban.org/
Sustainabililty Research Center (artec), Bremen, Germany
University of Bremen, Germany
Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore