The Routledge Handbook of Infrastructure Design
Global Perspectives from Architectural History
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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 34 scholars, this volume presents new research from regions including South and East Asia, Subsaharan Africa, South America, North America, Western Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. The 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, they also provide 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Infrastructure Designs: Dreaming and Building Worlds / Joseph Heathcott Part I. Materialities 1. Kingship and the Rocks: Infrastructure and the Materiality of Empire / Braden Lee Scott 2. 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 Motylinska 4. Notes from the Underworld: Excavation as Architectural Counter-History / Stefano Corbo Part II. 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 Alaa Saad Sardina, Sherif Elfiki, Ahmed El Antably Part III. 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 IV. 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 V. City Making 14. Bridging the Bosporus: Mobility, Geopolitics, and the Urban Imaginary in Istanbul, 1933-1973 / Sibel Bozdoğan 15. Brasilia, a Story Seen from the Roadside: 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 Legitimacy in Doha, Qatar / Peter Chomowicz Part VI. The Long Road 18. The Global Spread of Street Pavement Technology / Robin Williams 19. Parallel Lines: Urban Expressways in the United States / Romina Canna 20. Good Neighbors and Automovilistas: Hemispheric Imaginaries along the Pan-American Highway, 1936-1942 / Dicle Taskin Part VII. Power Fields 21. Nuclear Power Stations in Post-War Britain: Picturesque Landscapes for the Masses / Luca Csepely-Knorr and Laura Coucill 22. TVA in the Desert: U.S. Development Projects in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1951-1961/ Dalal Musaed Alsayer 23. Cartographic Domination and U.S. Military Infrastructure in 1950’s Spain / José Vela Castillo Part VIII. 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, London School of Economics, University of Vienna, and Sciences Po, Paris. His most recent book is Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis (2016).