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Marginalia: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Urban Wastelands

Gandy, M; (2013) Marginalia: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Urban Wastelands. Annals of the Association of American Geographers , 103 (6) 1301 - 1316. 10.1080/00045608.2013.832105. Green open access

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Wastelands are a characteristic feature of many urban and industrial landscapes. Although the term wasteland has become widely subsumed within various utilitarian discourses concerning the redevelopment of ostensibly empty or unproductive spaces, the idea encompasses a multiplicity of meanings, material origins, and ecological characteristics. This article considers these anomalous spaces of urban nature as an interdisciplinary terrain that extends from renewed interest in urban biodiversity to alternative conceptions of landscape authenticity. It is suggested that a more theoretically nuanced and historically grounded conception of the intersections between critical cultural discourses and recent advances in urban ecology might provide a useful counterpoint to narrowly utilitarian approaches to urban nature. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Marginalia: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Urban Wastelands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2013.832105
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2013.832105
Additional information: © Matthew Gandy. An open access article published with license by Taylor & Francis, LLC.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1429081
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