Maintaining Climate Change Experiments: Urban Political Ecology and the Everyday Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructure

Vanesa Castán Broto, Harriet Bulkeley
2013 International Journal of Urban and Regional Research  
Citation for published item: gst¡ n frotoD nes nd fulkeleyD rrriet @PHIQA 9wintining limte hnge experiments X urn politil eology nd the everydy reon(gurtion of urn infrstrutureF9D snterntionl journl of urn nd regionl reserhFD QU @TAF ppF IWQREIWRVF Further information on publisher's website: httpXGGdxFdoiForgGIHFIIIIGIRTVEPRPUFIPHSH Publisher's copyright statement: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and
more » ... oduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Additional information: Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-prot purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Abstract Climate change governance is increasingly being conducted through urban climate change experiments, purposive interventions that seek to reconfigure urban sociotechnical systems to achieve low-carbon and resilient cities. In examining how experiments take effect, we suggest that we need to understand not only how they are made and assembled, but also how they are maintained within specific urban contexts. Drawing on literatures from urban political ecology and the specific debate on urban repair and maintenance, this article examines maintenance in two case studies of climate change experiments in housing in Bangalore (India) and Monterrey (Mexico). We find that maintenance is a crucial process through which not only urban obduracy is preserved, but also the novel and innovative character of the experiment is asserted and reproduced. The process of 'maintaining' experiments is a precarious one, which requires a continuous external input in terms of remaking the experiment materially and discursively. This process causes further reconfigurations beyond the experiment, changing the patterns of responsibility attribution and acceptability that configure the urban fabric. We are grateful to Diane Diacon and Steven Graham for their feedback and support shown during the development of this article. We would also like to thank three anonymous IJURR reviewers for their comments. The research undertaken in preparing this article has been supported by Harriet Bulkeley's ESRC Climate Change Fellowship (2008-2012) 'Urban transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical networks' (award no. RES-066-27-0002). The usual disclaimers apply.
doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12050 fatcat:dxqvqxu3snb7vplk4oq3ggtdii