The Future of the Countryside

Betancourth, Carlos H. (2018) The Future of the Countryside. REAL CORP 2018 – EXPANDING CITIES – DIMINISHING SPACE. Are “Smart Cities” the solution or part of the problem of continuous urbanisation around the globe? Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information. pp. 689-698. ISSN 2521-3938

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The main assumption of Expanding Cities – Diminishing Space, is that, while, Cities are growing, agricultural land, but also natural retreats and buffer zones, are diminishing if not totally disappearing (Vacant Countryside). In what follows, I propose to challenge this central assumption. This assumption amounts to the idea that the urban condition is ubiquitous, it encloses everything; urbanization is planetary urbanization. Planetary urbanization absorbs the rural, disintegrates the hinterland and makes nature disappear; it is the urban without an outside. I will challenge this central proposition by looking briefly at India’s policy of urbanization through development corridors and smart cities. Thus, the history of for instance, modern India is clear: industrialise, or perish. The government says agriculture has not done enough to generate employment and has pushed industry as a more lucrative alternative. means cities without country-side, without the nonurban (everything that is not the city). This generates a collision between the urbanizing imperative and the conditions of rurality (agrarian environments and the subjects that inhabit them). planetary urbanization tends to do without. Thus. Alternative models are needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: experimentation, strategic thinking, smart cities, countryside, future
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 15:57
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018 15:57

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