Editor: Fadi Masoud (University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty)
Luna Khirfan (University of Waterloo, School of Planning)
Xiaoxuan Lu (The University of Hong Kong, Division of Landscape Architecture)
Ben Mendelsohn (Portland State University, Film and Digital Culture)
Michael T. Wilson (RAND Corporation)
Moderated by Brent D. Ryan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Terra-Sorta-Firma documents the global extent of reclaimed coastal lands and provides a framework for comparison across varying geographies, cultures, and histories. For centuries, cities have grown and expanded onto previously saturated grounds; “reclaiming” land from estuaries, marshes, mangroves, and seabeds. While these artificial coastlines are sites of tremendous real estate, civic, and infrastructural investments, they are also the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
In this book talk, each invited contributor represents the story of urban shoreline transformation in a different geography, from China to Singapore, and from Charlottetown to Lagos to Boston. Taken together, the event and the book aim to render visible the ubiquity and precarity of urban coastal reclamation in an age of increased environmental and economic indeterminacy.
TitleTerra-Sorta-Firma: Reclaiming the Littoral Gradient
TypeBook / Product Launch
FromNovember 18, 2021 06:30 PM
UntilNovember 18, 2021 07:30 PM
Venue1 Spadina Crescent