Beyond the Networked City
Infrastructure reconfigurations and urban change in the North and South
Edited by Olivier Coutard, Jonathan Rutherford
Routledge – 2016 – 304 pages
Cities around the world are undergoing profound changes. In this global era, we live in a world of rising knowledge economies, digital technologies, and awareness of environmental issues. The so-called "modern infrastructural ideal" of spatially and socially ubiquitous centrally-governed infrastructures providing exclusive, homogeneous services over extensive areas, has been the standard of reference for the provision of basic essential services, such as water and energy supply. This book argues that, after decades of undisputed domination, this ideal is being increasingly questioned and that the network ideology that supports it may be waning. With contributions from leading authorities in the field, this book draws on the latest advances in social and urban theory, and original empirical material from the North and South, to critically analyse the ongoing shifts in the relations between cities and technical infrastructure systems. It explores the urban condition beyond the realm of large networked infrastructures in globally diverse contexts, focusing in particular on:
- the processes of production and reproduction of alternative configurations for the supply of basic services in specific urban contexts;
- the urban political economy of infrastructure reconfigurations and of the associated re-articulations between technical infrastructures and the built environment on various scales, from individual buildings to urban regions;
- the urban spaces associated with these infrastructural configurations, especially with regards to the patterns of sociospatial inequalities in access to essential services, and the patterns and scales of the "relational urban" so characteristic of the contemporary world.
This book is a major contribution to an ongoing infrastructural turn in urban studies, and will be of interest to all those concerned by the diverse forms and contested outcomes of contemporary urban change across North and South.
1. Beyond the networked city: an introduction Olivier Coutard and Jonathan Rutherford 2. Changing sanitation infrastructure in Hanoi: hybrid topologies and the networked city Jochen Monstadt and Sophie Schramm 3. Beyond the networked city, the hyper-networked city? Decline and renaissance of the Parisian non-potable water system (1820-2020) Sabine Barles, Olivier Coutard and André Guillerme 4. District heating comes to ecotown: zero carbon housing and the rescaling of UK energy provision Simon Guy and Andrew Karvonen 5. Rethinking universality and disrepair: seeking infrastructure coexistence in Quibdó, Colombia Kathryn Furlong 6. De-networking the poor: revanchist urbanism and hydrological apartheid in Mumbai Stephen Graham, Renu Desai and Colin McFarlane 7. Another urban infrastructure is possible: contesting energy and water networks in Berlin Ross Beveridge and Matthias Naumann 8. A political economy of urban solid waste management in emerging countries: learning from Vitória (Brazil) and Coimbatore (India) Jérémie Cavé 9. Is the network challenged by the pragmatic turn in African cities? Urban transition and hybrid delivery configurations Sylvy Jaglin 10. Enabling urban energy: governance of innovation in two UK cities Janette Webb 11. Volumetric urbanism: artificial "outsides" reassembled "inside" Simon Marvin 12. Infrastructures and practices: networks beyond the city Elizabeth Shove 13. Coda Jonathan Rutherford and Olivier Coutard
Olivier Coutard is a director of research with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he has held a full-time research position since 1996.
Jonathan Rutherford holds a research post at LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés), Université Paris Est.