Co-materializing urban climate experiments: Socio-material tensions and dilemmas in the case of Turin

Conference: Royal Geographical Society Conference, London, 27–30 August 2023

This paper develops a critical and grounded analysis of urban greening experiments as drivers of socio-material and socio-ecological transformations. It does so by making visible the key socio-material tensions affecting actors on the ground, starting from dilemmas involved in selecting areas of intervention and to incremental practices of embedding solutions within the social and material fabric of the city, and to the challenge of leaving a socio-material legacy that goes beyond short-term experiments. Tensions are shown in the empirical case of Urban Living Labs fostering nature-based solutions in the area of Turin, Italy.

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