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Vol 80, No 5
Profile No 207
Guest-edited by Adrian Lahoud,
Charles Rice and Anthony Burke
Urban trauma describes a condition where conflict or catastrophe has disrupted
and damaged not only the physical environment and infrastructure of a city, but
also the social and cultural networks. Cities experiencing trauma dominate the
daily news. Images of blasted buildings, or events such as Hurricane Katrina
exemplify the sense of 'immediate impact'. But how is this trauma to be
understood in its aftermath, and in urban terms? What is the response of the
discipline to the post-traumatic condition? On the one hand, one can try to
restore and recover everything that has passed, or otherwise see the
post-traumatic city as a resilient space poised on the cusp of new
potentialities. While repair and reconstruction are automatic reflexes, the
knowledge and practices of the disciplines need to be imbued with a deeper
understanding of the effect of trauma on cities and their contingent realities.
This issue will pursue this latter approach, using examples of post-traumatic
urban conditions to rethink the agency of architecture and urbanism in the
contemporary world. Post-traumatic urbanism demands of architects the
mobilisation of skills, criticality and creativity in contexts in which they
are not familiar. The post-traumatic is no longer the exception; it is the