Urban geography III: Anthropocene urbanism

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Geologists are considering in earnest whether to mark the emergence of a new geological epoch – characterized by human impacts on the geology of the planet – as the dawn of the Anthropocene. In this third of three urban geography progress reports, I identify interrelated elements of what I call ‘Anthropocene thinking’ – non-linearity, reworked temporalities, and ontologies of systemicity – that invite the perceived need for ‘anticipatory governance’ and pervade contemporary urban theory and governance. This is exemplified, I argue, by two current trends in urban governance: the promotion of smart and resilient cities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-435
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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  • Anthropocene
  • resilient cities
  • smart cities


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