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Rethinking Urban Space-Time 1: The Temporalities of Urban Infrastructure

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Jean-Paul Addie
Chairs: Jean-Paul Addie


The past two decades have witnessed the emergence and maturation of an ‘infrastructure turn’ across a range of disciplines Urban infrastructure now presents a ‘new optic field’ through which we can examine the lived dimensions of urban society (Chattopadhyay, 2012; Graham & McFarlane, 2015; Siemiatycki, Enright, & Valverde, 2019); the statecraft shaping contemporary modalities of territorialization (Easterling, 2014; Kanai & Schindler, 2019; Wiig & Silver, 2019); and the urban ecologies of the Anthropocene (Hetherington, 2019; Monstadt & Schmidt, 2019). Across these diverse literatures, the ability to produce and claim urban space is understood to be uneven and unequal. It is consequently experienced differently by diverse social groups over both space and time. In other words, urban infrastructures are produced, governance, and lived in ways that vary considerably relative their temporal frames – from the eras of their planning and the political zeitgeist to the time of day they are examined. This session brings together new and original research that foregrounds the role of time and temporality in the planning, governance, and experience of urban infrastructure. Papers will work through temporal notions of periodization, cycles, or rhythmanalysis (among others) to advance understanding of how urban infrastructures are structured by, and engender new, spatio-temporal relations.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jean-Paul Addie*, Georgia State University, Infrastructural Times: Periods, Cycles, Rhythms 5 12:00 AM
Presenter Peter Ekman*, , “This Fluid Situation”: Sequencing the Cybernetic Highway at Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, 1961–1966 14 12:00 AM
Presenter John Lauermann*, City University of New York, White elephant urbanism and the temporal politics of elite capture 14 12:00 AM
Presenter Anne Taufen*, University of Washington Tacoma, Lisa Hoffman, University of Washington, Tacoma, Ken Yocom, University of Washington, Seattle, Unveiling Infrastructures: Alliances, Indicators, and the Relational Assemblage of Port City Waterfronts 14 12:00 AM
Presenter Wojciech Keblowski*, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, How do ‘alternative’ transport policies travel over time? Exploring the circulation of fare-free public transport. 14 12:00 AM
Presenter John Stehlin*, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, “Code is the New Concrete”: Temporalities of the Platform Turn in Mobility Infrastructure 14 12:00 AM

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