Evicted

An exhibition on the world of low-income renter eviction:

The National Building Museum exhibition EVICTED runs from April 14, 2018–May 19, 2019

The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red Line)

 

Lower Ninth Ward flooding

The flooding of the Lower Ninth Ward explained and performed on a map by climatologist Barry Keim from Louisiana State University on his Hurricane Katrina & Environmental Tour of Metropolitan New Orleans at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) 2018. Many thanks to Barry for geographical insights and stories told of life and death in New Orleans now and then.

The clip was recorded at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Platform, located at the end of Caffin Avenue at the intersection with Florida Ave. The spot is worth visiting as it offers further information on the ecology of the Main Outfall Canal situated behind the Lower Ninth Ward.

For information on why the Katrina disaster was man made and not ‘natural’, see the grassroots website levee.org.

As an urban geographer and ethnographer, I could not resist to film some of the more performative aspects of the tour and the ways geographers talk about and listen to how cities are transformed over time. Using maps is of course just one geographical thing to do on a field trip. Other spatial practices and gestures of interest: pointing at landscape features, taking pictures, taking notes, searching for shadow, walking and talking, categorising spaces, moving and looking around, group behaviour (such as getting on and off the bus), personal (geographical) conversations (e.g. ‘where are you based’) and many more.

(Recorded on 11 April 2018. Video published courtesy of Barry Kim)

Five myths about infrastructure

To know what infrastructure we need to build, we need to have an idea of what kind of world we want to live in.

Joel H. Moser’s (*) discussion of Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’ and misconseptions on what IF is and does for society that are commonly present in politics and public debates today. This five infrastructural myths are discussed in his Washington Post article:

1. New infrastructure projects would reduce unemployment.
2. Regulations kill infrastructure projects.
3. Private investment leads to infrastructure projects.
4. Infrastructure spending will spur growth.
5. We know what infrastructure we need.

(*) “Joel H. Moser is  the founder and CEO of Aquamarine Investment Partners, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.” (see article)