1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Infrastructure Design Global Perspectives from Architectural History

Edited By Joseph Heathcott Copyright 2022
    348 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Infrastructure Design explores the multifaceted nature of infrastructure through the global lens of architectural history. Infrastructure holds the world together. Yet even as it connects some people, it divides others, sorting access and connectivity through varied social categories such as class, race, gender, and citizenship. This collection examines themes across broad spans of time, raises questions of linkage and scale, investigates infrastructure as phenomenon and affect, and traces the interrelation of aesthetics, technology, and power.

    With a diverse range of contributions from 33 scholars, this volume presents new research from regions including South and East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, North America, Western Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. This extraordinary group of authors bring close attention to the materials, functions, and aesthetics of infrastructure systems as these unfold within their cultural and political contexts. They provide not only new knowledge of specific artifacts, such as the Valens Aqueduct, the Hong Kong waterfront, and the Pan-American Highway, but also new ways of conceptualizing, studying, and understanding infrastructure as a worlding process.

    The Routledge Handbook of Infrastructure Design provides richly textured, thoroughly evidenced, and imaginatively drawn arguments that deepen our understanding of the role of infrastructure in creating the world in which we live. It is a must-read for academics and students.

    Infrastructure Designs: Dreaming and Building Worlds

    Joseph Heathcott

    Part 1 Materialities

    1 Kingship and the Rocks: Infrastructure and the Materiality of Empire

    Braden Lee Scott

    2 In Between Technology and Architecture: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux and the French Royal Saline

    Carmelina Martinez

    3 Cement as Weapon: Meta-Infrastructure in the "World’s Last Cement Frontier"

    Robby Fivez and Monika Motylińska

    4 Notes from the Underworld: Excavation as Architectural Counter-History

    Stefano Corbo

    Part 2 Embodiments

    5 Virtual Gardens: Gendered Space in the History of Afghanistan’s Telecommunications

    Hannah Ahlblad

    6 Mobilizing Labor for Infrastructure in Northeast Brazil, 1915–1932

    Laura Belik

    7 Everyday Living in Cairo’s City of the Dead

    Reem Saad Sardina, Sherif Elfiki, and Ahmed El Antably

    Part 3 Natures

    8 Dams, Lakes, and Water Sports: Building a Hybrid Landscape in Belgium’s Eau d’Heure Valley, 1933–1987

    Marie Pirard

    9 Pedagogic Landscapes: Recreation, Play, and Danish Infrastructure Design

    Margaret Birney Vickery

    10 A Vast Demographic Void: Infrastructure, Ecology, and the Amazon

    Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

    Part 4 Flows

    11 Visualizing the Valens Aqueduct in Early Modern Istanbul

    Fatma Sarıkaya Işık and Pelin Yoncacı Arslan

    12 The Airport Terminal: Circulation and Soft Power

    Menno Hubregtse

    13 The Porous Infrastructures of Somali Malls in Cape Town

    Huda Tayob

    Part 5 City Making

    14 Bridging the Bosporus: Mobility, Geopolitics, and Urban Imaginary in Istanbul, 1933–1973

    Sibel Bozdoğan

    15 Brasilia, a Story Seen from the Roadside: Narratives of Landscape Transformation and the Technological Sublime

    Sued Ferreira da Silva

    16 More than a "Circulation Machine": Recasting the Geographies of Infrastructure in Modernist Urbanism

    Mejrema Zatrić

    17 Infrastructure as a Political Tool of Regime Legitimization in Doha, Qatar

    Peter Chomowicz

    Part 6 The Long Road

    18 The Global Spread of Street Pavement Materials and Technology, 1820–1920

    Robin B. Williams

    19 Parallel Lines: Urban Expressways in the United States

    Romina Canna

    20 Good Neighbors and Automovilistas: Imaginaries of Hemispheric Travel along the Pan-American Highway, 1936–1942

    Dicle Taskin

    Part 7 Power Fields

    21 Nuclear Power Stations in Post-War Britain: Picturesque Landscapes for the Masses

    Laura Coucill and Luca Csepely-Knorr

    22 TVA in the Desert: U.S. Development Projects in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1951–1961

    Dalal Musaed Alsayer

    23 Shaped from Above: Cartographic Domination and U.S. Military Infrastructure in 1950s Spain

    José Vela Castillo

    Part 8 Liquid Worlds

    24 Water and Infrastructure in Late Colonial Guanajuato

    Luis Gordo Peláez

    25 Land Reclamation in the Making of Hong Kong

    Charlie Qiuli Xue and Cong Sun

    26 Bombay/Mumbai Waterfronts in the Hindi Film Deewaar [The Wall] (1975)

    Vandana Baweja


    Joseph Heathcott is Chair of Urban and Environmental Studies at The New School in New York. He has held visiting positions at Princeton University School of Architecture, the London School of Economics, the University of Vienna, and Sciences Po, Paris. His most recent book is Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis (2016).