Policy Press

Infrastructural Times

Temporality and the Making of Global Urban Worlds

Edited by Jean-Paul D. Addie, Michael R. Glass and Jen Nelles

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529229714

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529229738

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 28, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529229738

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Infrastructural Times

Whether waiting for the train or planning the future city, infrastructure orders—and depends on—multiple urban temporalities.

This agenda-setting volume disrupts conventional notions of time through a robust examination of the relations between temporality, infrastructure, and urban society. Conceptually rich and empirically detailed, its interdisciplinary dialogue encompasses infrastructural systems including transportation, energy, and water to bridge often-siloed technical, political-economic and lived perspectives.

With global coverage of diverse cities and regions from Berlin to Jayapura, this book is an essential provocation to re-evaluate urban theory, politics, and practice and better account for the temporal complexities that shape our infrastructured worlds.

“This interdisciplinary collection does vital work in shifting the predominant spatial framing of infrastructure to its temporalities. Through 13 engaging chapters, the multiple temporalities of the urban-regional infrastructures that sustain society and economy are charted.” Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University

Jean-Paul D. Addie is Associate Professor at the Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University.

Michael R. Glass is Assistant Professor in Urban Sociology and Director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jen Nelles is Senior Research Fellow with the Innovation Caucus and co-director of the Oxford Regions, Innovation, and Enterprise Lab (ORIEL) at Oxford Brookes Business School.

1. Time for a Global Infrastructure Turn - Jean-Paul D. Addie, Michael R. Glass, Jen Nelles, Lauren Marino

2. Rhythmic Infrastructure - Jean-Paul D. Addie

Part 1: Infrastructural Pasts, Presents, and Futures

3. Usable Infrastructure Pasts: Mobilizing History for Urban Technology Futures - Timothy Moss

4. Shifting Regimes of Historicity and the Control of Urban Futures Through Infrastructures: Continuities, Ambivalences, and Tensions in the Anthropocene - Olivier Coutard

5. Extensions as Infrastructure: The Temporalities Between Subjugation and Liberation in Jayapura, West Papua - AbdouMaliq Simone

Part 2: Development Times and the Making of Urban Worlds

6. Sequencing Like a State: Ciudad Guayana and the Infrastructures of Arrival - Peter Ekman

7. The Times of Infrastructure Fundamentalism: Future Profits, Slow Operations, Long-term Impacts - Seth Schindler and J. Miguel Kanai

8. Dissonant Times: The Land–Infrastructure–Finance Nexus in Post-Mubarak Egypt - Dalia Wahdan and Tamer Elshayal

Part 3: Times of Disruption/Disrupting Times

9. The Multiple Temporalities of Self-Healing Infrastructure: From the F-15 Fighter to the Smart Urban Microgrid - Simon Marvin and Jonathon Rutherford

10. Speed, Suspension, and Stasis: Waiting in the Shadow of Infrastructure - Jessica DiCarlo

11. Desynchronized Infrastructures of Care: Suburban Imaginaries Re-Examined - Samantha Biglieri and Roger Keil

12. Disruptive Infrastructure: Space, Speed, and Street Governance - Amelia Thorpe

13. Urban Infrastructure In and Out of Time - Jean-Paul D. Addie, Michael R. Glass, and Jen Nelles