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Floods, Dams, and Difference in an Indonesian Metropolis

Lecture | April 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

Abidin Kusno, Professor, Institute for Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

College of Environmental Design's Arcus Endowment, Critical Urbanisms Working Group

Abidin Kusno will explore the interrelationship between identity, urban space and infrastructure. It will present a case study of the historical development of flood mitigation infrastructures in Jakarta, Indonesia and how the infrastructure contributes to the construction of identity and class division in the city. It will show how infrastructure creation and development registered the technologies of government in both colonial and postcolonial eras and how the occurrences of urban flooding reinforced as well as de-constructed the city of difference.