Towards Blue Urbanism for Sea Level Change Adaptation: Global Trajectories and Speculative Futuring in Island Southeast Asia (BlueUrban)
Dr. Johannes Herbeck
09/2019 - 03/2023
BlueUrban focuses global networks of innovations for sea level change adaptation by following them from the sites where they are developed, to places of circulation, to the actual implementation in projects.
The project will trace two concrete technologies of coastal adaptation, multifunctional dikes and floating structures, and map the patterns of their global circulation. The project will also offer a typology of both actor constellations (discourse carriers) and modes of information and communication (discursive channels) that facilitate the circulation of the two technologies.
BlueUrban is designed as multi-sited ethnographic research that allows to follow technologies and innovations from sites in which ideas are seeded and designed, to test beds and spaces of implementation. It thereby covers different research sites and analytical units, ranging from university working groups in Europe and Asia, to conferences and fairs that take place for example in Singapore and Japan, to implemented projects in secondary cities in Indonesia and the Philippines, also closely tracking how the solutions themselves change.