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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 36: Designing Infrastructure
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, ...