The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 30: Infrastructure
In the recovery efforts that followed the 2005 hurricanes in New Orleans, architecture and infrastructure were mobilized as strategies of political activism. For the Lower Ninth Ward neighbourhood in particular, long neglected by municipal government and severely damaged by the hurricanes, involving architecture and infrastructure in political negotiations was critical. In an especially vivid example, the neighbourhood's first responses to the disaster employed architecture as a defensive strategy. Confronted with municipal threats to condemn the neighbourhood as unfit for human habitation, neighbourhood activists [Page 535]initiated architectural projects to assert the neighbourhood's right to remain. This strategy was marked in its contrast to neighbourhood activism before the 2005 hurricanes, when infrastructure was the focus of negotiations with the city for improved living conditions. ...