Fall 2019

Edited by Nicholas Pevzner & Stephanie Carlisle

Infrastructure is always political, and energy transitions have always been contested, pitting established players against upstart technologies and new coalitions. How can a radical reimagining of energy infrastructure create opportunities for an inclusive and participatory conversation about climate change and social justice? Who has the power to talk about infrastructure, and who gets left out?
Introduction: Power
Community Power as Provocation: Local Control For Resilience and Equity
Our Energy For Our Country
Speculative Designs For Energy Democracy
The TVA, Fuzzy Spaces of Power, and Other Purposes
The Missouri River Basin: Water, Power, Decolonization, and Design
Power Plant Power
Arctic Present: The Case of Teriberka
Coal Ash Wastescapes: The Byproduct of Our Coal-Fired Power Dependency
Biomass For All: Designing an Inclusive Biomass Infrastructure
China’s Giant Transmission Grid Could be the Key to Cutting Climate Emissions
2050 – An Energetic Odyssey: Persuasion by Collective Immersion
The Blue Lagoon: From Waste Commons to Landscape Commodity
Territory of Extraction: The Crude North
Daylighting Conflict: Board Games as Decision-Making Tools


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