The Resilience of Sensation in Urban Planning

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This article examines how sensation and affect make different kinds of resilience meaningful to communities. Through a case study, we analyze public deliberation about a proposal to expand interstates in Tampa, Florida. We describe how evidence introduced by opposing sides foregrounded conflicting sensory experiences. The resulting sensoriums upheld different aspects of the city’s identity as worth maintaining. Drawing from recent scholarship defining resilience as something that can always be done otherwise, we suggest that resilience is better understood as entangled with public affect. We argue that a key point for rhetorical intervention in city planning is considering which futures and visions of resilience are being imagined for publics.

Keywords: sensorium, imaginaries, ambient rhetoric, urban planning, community engagement, space and place, infrastructure, resilience

How to Cite: Johnson, M. A. & Johnson, N. R. (2020) “The Resilience of Sensation in Urban Planning”, Poroi. 15(1). doi: