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About the project

The proliferation of both speculative and materializing post-carbon urban futures centered on cities calls for a wider examination exceeding city-centric approaches. This is motivated by the increasing concern towards the renewed socioecological transformation produced in invisibilized territories of commodity extraction, production and circulation. As both recent and longstanding scholarship on uneven geographical development and planetary urbanization has foregrounded, territories of extended urbanization constitute a quantitatively, epistemologically and politically relevant portion of contemporary urban conditions through the unprecedented extension of urban metabolic flows and their
corresponding infrastructure. Ties between urban concentrations and scattered planetary hinterlands are materialized by the way in which key green technologies remaking cities emerge from and traverse increasingly urbanizing territories (the non-city) across infrastructural landscapes.
By mobilizing a commodity chain approach this project attends to the making of lithium extraction landscapes across the Capricorn corridor in the Atacama region, a fundamental site in the li-ion global production network. Ethnographic and secondary data highlight the constitution of these urban-infrastructural landscapes through the connection of sites both within and beyond the spaces of the corridor across financial, extractive and logistics geographies.




Team: Luigi Buzzacchi, Giuseppe Scellato, Francesca Governa, Francesca Frassoldati, Alberto Valz Gris, Matteo Gianotti, Antoniode Marco, Maria Paola Repellino

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Future Urban Legacy Lab