The global project of climate change, though seeking a common solution, is found to be not so homogeneous in its causes, effects or policy outcomes. In a global world reaching towards the same universal goal, the realities on ground seem to be incomparable.

To study this globalizing and worlding narrative of climate change from the perspective of the coastal areas of Pakistan and Belgium is the aim of this research. The project of worlding, in creating coastal urbanisms globally, plays with references and images to conjure a modernized, sustainable way of coastal development. These processes can be seen in recent coastal developments, public and private, in both contexts. Casting worlding practices as socio-material assemblages provides an approach to linking everyday urban life, climate realities and the larger political ecology.

Worlding then leads us to examine our urban design sensibilities in producing sustainable urbanisms in coastal areas as vastly different as Pakistan and Belgium. This insight is intended to guide design processes that allow for urban globality to mean differences existing together rather than an erasure of all multiplicities for a homogenous goal.

Researcher(s): Dur-e-Shahwar Khalil
Promotor: Thomas Vanoutrive, Maarten Van Acker
Period: 2020-2024