Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition

Synopsis

Two defining processes have shaped our age -- the urbanization of our planet and the uneven connections of globalization. Both are underpinned by radical transformations of networked infrastructures: telecommunications, transport, energy, water, and even urban streets. Splintering Urbanism offers a path-breaking analysis of the contemporary urban condition through the lens of such infrastructure networks. It develops an unprecedented international and interdisciplinary analysis of the complex interactions between infrastructure networks, new technologies, and contemporary urban spaces.

While investigating the effects of globalization and technology on the city, the authors take the reader on a global journey encompassing financial districts, e-commerce spaces and logistics hubs, new media districts, airports, malls, theme parks, gated communities and green neighborhoods. With its global focus, Splintering Urbanism will be essential reading for urbanists, geographers, planners, architects, sociologists, researchers in science and technology and communication studies, and all those seeking a definitive statement of the contemporary urban condition.

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