Energetics of Urbanization

Neil Brenner, Kiel Moe, and UTL students

How should we understand the energetics of urbanization under capitalism? In what ways do capitalist forms of urbanization intensify the dissipation of entropy, and with what consequences? How do the infrastructures of urbanization mediate and exacerbate capital’s metabolic rifts, and with what consequences? In what ways might exploration of such questions reframe contemporary debates on postcarbon energy “transitions”? In this collaborative project, derived from a UTL Research Practicum conducted in Spring 2018, we confront these questions through frameworks that transcend fuel-centric understandings of energy and city-centric understandings of the urban, leading to new horizons for theory, historical analysis, spatial representation and contemporary design practice. 

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The unstable stability of soybean production under capitalism, by Angeliki Giannisi and Anne Hudson

How Bottled Water Intensifies the Metabolic Shift, by Aurora Jensen and Pamela Cabrera.

Dissipatory Circuits of Power, by Bohan Zhang, Iain Gordon and Zlatan Sehovic.

Green Infrastructure as the Respatialization of Planetary Carbonscapes, by Peter Osborne and Ryan Beitz.

Image from dailyoverview.com, deforestation in Bolivia, 2010.
Panel included in the final presentation of 'Green Infrastructure as the Respatialization of Planetary Carbonscapes.'
Image from The Wall Street Journal. Paradise Lost: Aerial Images of Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.
Panel included in the final presentation of 'Green Infrastructure as the Respatialization of Planetary Carbonscapes.'
Image from The Wall Street Journal. Deforestation in Mato Grosso, 2014.
Photograph by Wayne Sentman © 2001. One state of a water bottle plastic cap, as the cause of death of a Laysan Albatross in Midway Atoll Island.
Panel included in the final presentation of 'Dissipatory Circuits of Power.'
Lithium Alternates Diagramme.
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