Re-Assembling a City: Applying SCOT to Post-Disaster Urban Change

  • Anique Hommels


In this chapter, the rebuilding of the Dutch neighborhood Roombeek after a disaster will be analyzed from a social-constructivist STS (Science, Technology and Society studies) perspective. It will be argued that in the post-disaster negotiation process, two technological frames took shape: one in which the disaster was interpreted as offering the potential for exploring urban innovation (rebuilders frame) and another in which the city was seen as vulnerable (survivors frame). Although initially controversial, the “re-assembling” of the neighborhood is at present generally considered quite successful. It will be concluded that the eventual integration of the two technological frames can be seen as a major catalyzer for urban change and as an explanation for the quick and successful rebuilding of this neighborhood.


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  • Anique Hommels
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  1. 1.Department of Technology & Society Studies (FASOS)Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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