[Image via flickr user Grahamko]
Yes, we’ve fallen a bit behind with The Infrastructural City. But we’ve got a plan to remedy that — we’re pushing back the schedule. This is actually less because of our lag (this week was supposed to be an “off” week, so we’d be caught up with Stephen’s hybrid “Mobile Phones”-“Property” post this week and my post on “Distribution” next Monday), and more because we want to make sure that Roger Sherman’s “Count(ing) on Change” (the “Property” chapter) gets the full discussion it deserves. If you read John Hill’s Daily Dose of Architecture, you may have caught his review of Sherman’s book-length treatment of the same topic, L.A. Under the Influence; if not, that review (and accompanying Google StreetView tour) may whet your appetite.
Right: the remaining schedule, adjusted:
July 12 Mobile Phones
July 19 Property
July 26 Distribution + The Trench
August 2 Props
August 7 Introduction (as conclusion)
Meanwhile, our fellow readers have picked up the slack in our output, contributing several posts on Mobile Phones which are worth your while.
Free Association Design suggests that the cellular networks Kane and Miller describe are an exemplary instance of “corporate landscape urbanism” — “which both precedes the [landscape urbanist] movement and is far more advanced in its operations”.
DPR-Barcelona ask what parallels might be drawn between the cellular organization of airspace and the physical organization of present, future, and speculative cities.
FASLANYC speculates about what sort of organizational and financial clues urban interventionists might take from the structures and practices of cellular corporations.
Finally, we’ve already linked to Andrew Wade’s post at Polis, but in case you missed it, there it is again. Wade asks: “if the processes of corporate decision-making and their impacts on urban infrastructure were creatively mapped and demonstrated, could it influence a recalibration of [city and regional planning]?” We say: most definitely.