An Inquiry into the Infrastructural Conditions of Early Modern and Late Modern Urban Spaces

Based on dr.polit dissertation in human geography, University of Oslo (2003): Constructing Urban Technology – Producing Urban Space. The Case of Geomatics in the Transformation of Water and Road Infrastructures.

The purpose of this essay is to explore a thesis put forward by David Harvey in his book The Condition of Postmodernity (1989). This exploration is conducted in the context of urban infrastructural space. Through history, two parallel and closely interrelated processes have been observed in urbanised environments worldwide. The first and most encompassing set of processes is the wide range of transfor¬mations, reconstructions and processes of social production of urban space continually going on around the world. This complex set of processes form the background and the wider context for the phenomena inquired into here. The second set of processes is the parallel transformations of urban technology, or infrastructure net¬works, taking place within urban spaces around the globe. This constitutes the foreground and the object of interest in the following.

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