LunchUP: Michael RJ Koscielniak, "Decline-as-Urbanization"
In this talk, Koscielniak approaches urban decline as a process of city-building and a form of contemporary urbanization. Drawing from his research on the politics of blight removal in Detroit, Michigan, he suggests decline is a multi-scale making of place and a central feature of our prevailing political-economy. Decline is neither natural nor an unintended outcome of growth. In light of this, scholars must approach decline on its own terms. Cities like Detroit will not be stabilized through morale-building, civic tech, demolition, or the "return" of capitalism. In sum, he will argue that urban planning must take up radical approaches to subvert and dismantle processes that produce and exploit decline to generate profit.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.
Lunch is included, please bring a drink.