Distributing destruction

  title={Distributing destruction},
  author={W. Butt},
  pages={614 - 621}
Alongside a growing population and expanding built environment, the construction of large-scale infrastructures, mostly related to transportation, has radically altered Lahore’s landscape. This paper explores how waste in the form of debris, smog and dust is produced and proliferates throughout the process of construction. In drawing upon the notion of atmospheric attunements, this paper argues that waste not only takes different forms, but also comes to be distributed at distinct scales. I… Expand
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  • S. Aciksoz
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 2016
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