NEW GEOGRAPHIES 10: 'FALLOW'

Michael Chieffalo and Julia Smachylo, editors, New Geographies 10: 'Fallow' (Harvard Graduate School of Design; Actar Publishers, 2019).

New Geographies 10 borrows the term fallow as a metaphor to critically examine cycles of devaluing and revaluing built and unbuilt environments. In agriculture, fallowing is understood as a process of restoring latent ecological capacity through periodic idleness. “Fallow” extends this concept to a much broader spectrum of conditions, including many that are not immediately associated with crop rotation, but which are inscribed in diverse forms of devalorization and revalorization associated with geographies of industrial capitalism. Rather than assume a strict binary of fecund or barren, the texts assembled in this volume critically reflect on the sites, strategies, scales, and imaginaries of the devalued, the dormant, and the wasted, and explore revalorization in all its forms: cultural, ecological, economic, and social.

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