Urban re-generations: afterword to special issue on the politics of urban greening in Australian cities

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Abstract

‘Urban re-generations’ is written as an afterword to the special issue of Australian Geographer on ‘The Politics of Urban Greening in Australian Cities’. The collection prompts a deep questioning of reparative and regenerative work associated with greening, green spaces and green infrastructures. The climate-driven 2019-2020 bushfire crisis and COVID-19 have amplified the visibility of the more-than-human connectivity of our cities and the deep underlying structures of social and environmental inequity underpinning a variety of urban green spaces and agendas. Inspired by the articles in this special issue, the afterword explores how we might call back the grammars and practices of regeneration from their service to the neo-liberal, settler-colonial city and instead nurture reparative de-colonial practices that aid in the collaborative work of re-composing, becoming into better relation with, and working in modes of situated historical and cultural difference, with green and just cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Geographer
Volume51
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Urban greening
  • environmental justice
  • more-than-human cities
  • more–than–human cities
  • urban greening
  • urban regeneration

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