A quick editorial note: while my blogging may be sporadic in the coming weeks — though there’s a good and pretty exciting reason for that, who weighs approximately six pounds and thirteen ounces — Reading The Infrastructural City will continue more or less unabated and as scheduled, not counting the slight delay in the compilation of this set of links.
Free Association Design links traffic to logistics — including Jessie Cavalier’s brilliant piece Logistics, Territory, and Wal-Mart, which you should really read if you haven’t already — and suggests (correctly, I think) that it is appropriate to read many of the chapters of The Infrastructural City as descriptions of the “varied material expressions of contemporary urban logistics”.
Peter Nunns reviews the development of traffic in Los Angeles and offers a pair of examples of transit “hacks” in New Zealand.
Relatedly, FASLANYC follows up on comments he made on our original post, and pivots to a discussion of Broadway and “tactical urbanism”. It is well worth clicking through his link to architects Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller’s practice, AGENCY, and reading the material they have collected under the rubric of “hackable infrastructures”.
Following the lead of the chapter authors, Nam Henderson looks at traffic as embodied and cybernetic.
Barry Lehrman digs into the manual of Strobecom II — “a state of the art, optical, traffic preemption and priority control system” — a fascinating subset of the infrastructure of traffic control.
Finally, a pair of posts elsewhere that are not part of the Infrastructural City discussion, but are intimately related to the issues discussed in chapter five:
A post at Design Observer explains the history of and design thinking behind the tri-colored traffic signal.
At the Urbanophile, Human Transit‘s Jarrett Walker contribute a guest post which argues that Los Angeles is, contrary to popular assumption, actually well prepared to become “America’s Next Great Transit Metropolis”. While such a development (which I would cheer) would present an entirely different kind of solution to traffic than the “hacks” we’ve discussed, mammoth has continually argued that the complexity of urban systems demands multiple kinds and scales of solutions (rather than uniform or ideologically-pure proposals), and we suspect that, if Los Angeles does develop an advanced transit network, it will be complementary to rather than replacing the sort of “hacks” we’ve been discussing.