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Keller Easterling

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 36: Designing Infrastructure

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Designing Infrastructure
Designing Infrastructure
Keller Easterling

Infrastructure in the globalizing world is not limited to public utilities with pipes and wires hidden under the ground or networks for transportation and communication. Increasingly prevalent are repeatable spatial formulas for things like skyscrapers, suburbs, resorts, malls, franchises, office parks, and even entire cities. This matrix of rules and relationships is something like a spatial operating system – one that is largely coded with econometrics but manifest in the heavy bulk of urban space. So the very components and contours of our cities now constitute an infrastructure – an infrastructure that is not just the urban substructure but the urban structure itself. This infrastructure space is an information system, a reservoir of political temperament, ...

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