February 2023

On PeripheralisationMetaxia Markaki

How do “peripheries” form? And how does urbanisation generate processes of peripheralisation?

How do “peripheries” form? And how does urbanisation generate processes of peripheralisation? Tune in to this episode of the Urban Political Podcast to listen to a discussion on Peripheralisation with Shubhra Gururani, Christian Schmid, Michael Lukas, Giulia Torino, Faiq Mari and Metaxia Markaki.

Today, urban research is increasingly confronted with processes of extended urbanization that unfold far beyond cities and agglomerations: novel patterns of urbanization are crystallizing in agricultural areas and in remote landscapes, challenging inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded and dense settlement type. While certain territories of extended urbanisation experience growth, others are affected by peripheralisation, experiencing deep socio-economic and ecological restructuring, marginalisation and inequality, and the re-articulation of power and privilege. These observations advocate for a radical reconceptualization of the experience of periphery at various spatial scales.

In this podcast, we discuss peripheralization not as a static spatial condition, but as a dynamic process that is shaped by uneven urbanization and complex multi-scalar relations, strongly put forward through moments of “crisis”. We debate on perpheralisation processes which manifest in different scales and geographies and discuss both their socioeconomic and ecological implications, as well as the emancipatory potential in ex-centric territories in times of exception.

The podcast follows the intense discussions that took place this August in Athens, during the RC21 conference, in the context of Panel 26 entitled “Peripheralisation. The production of ex-centric places as an ordinary process of extended urbanisation” conveyed by Christian Schmid and Metaxia Markaki, hosting twenty-six international contributions. This discussion on peripheralisation is triggered by the ongoing PhD dissertation of Metaxia, currently taking place at Architecture of Territory. The inquiry has been developed in the frame of our FCL research project Territories of Extended Urbanisation, in close collaboration with Christian Schmid.