Presented by Wendy Steele as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair
We live in wild cities. Four new books argue the conditions exist for regeneration, but need to be seeded and nurtured, and our wounded, darkest places brought to surface to be healed.
Join in the discussion on Planning Wild Cities: Human-Nature Relationships in the Urban Age (Wendy Steele), Wild Policy: Indigeneity and the Unruly Politics of Intervention (Tess Lea), People Power: Reclaiming the Energy Commons (Ashley Dawson) and DirtyTheory: Troubling Architecture (Hélène Frichot).
Together with care. We must change our cities. Here and now.
Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on the nature of wild cities in climate change with current projects on quiet activism, urban futures, climate justice and the need to re-politicise sustainability as a transformative agenda for cities and communities.
Tess Lea is an anthropologist who specialises in the cultural life of policy. Her fundamental interest is with issues of (dys)function: how it occurs and to what, whom and how it is ascribed.Her work introduces new ways of thinking about policy as something that can be acted upon, but also shapes our everyday environments in chaotic and unequal ways.
Ashley Dawson is a Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His fields of specialisation are cultural studies, environmental humanities, postcolonial studies and climate justice.
Hélène Frichot is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, and Director of the Bachelor of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning University of Melbourne, Australia. She is an architectural theorist and philosopher, writer and critic.