Journal article

Working with Infrastructural Communities: A Material Participation Approach to Urban Retrofit

Charlotte Johnson, Sarah Bell, Aiduan Borrion, Rob Comber

Science, Technology and Human Values | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


Retrofit is a rising area of concern for Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars of infrastructure. This paper sits at the junction between applied and theoretical approaches by using STS to support interventions in urban infrastructure systems and expand STS critique of retrofit. It discusses findings from a multidisciplinary project piloting retrofit possibilities to positively impact the way water, energy, and food resources were consumed in a London housing estate. Through qualitative research, we found that residents were making social and material interventions in infrastructure systems to manage the way resources were consumed at home, driven by a commonly held motivation to avo..

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Awarded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Grant Number EP/N005902/1).