Disruptions

Authored by: Stephen Graham

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134

10.4324/9781315857572.ch45

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Abstract

The secret ambition of design is to become invisible, to be taken up into a culture, absorbed into the background…. The highest order of success in design is to achieve ubiquity, to become banal.

(Mau 2003: 3–4)

“Cities are the summation and densest expressions of infrastructure, write urban historians Robert Herman and Jesse Ausubel (1988). Or, more accurately, a set of infrastructures, working sometimes in harmony, sometimes with frustrating discord, to provide us with shelter, contact, energy, water and means to meet other human needs.”

(Herman and Ausubel 1998: 4)

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