Redeploying Urban Infrastructure

The Politics of Urban Socio-Technical Futures

  • Jonathan Rutherford

About this book


This book explores urban futures in the making, as seen through the lens of urban infrastructure. The book describes how socio-technical arrangements of energy and water provision are being recast in continuing efforts towards realising ‘sustainable’ transformation of cities. It critically investigates how infrastructure comes to matter by analyzing the shifting capacities and entanglements of diverse actors with these systems, the various means they use to envision, enact and contest changes, and the wide-ranging social and political implications of emerging infrastructure transitions. Drawing on original research into urban infrastructure debates and projects in Stockholm and Paris, the author develops a novel conceptual framework for studying and acknowledging the active, vital role of infrastructure in constituting a material politics of urban transformation. Straddling the latest theoretical insights and empirical investigation of urban planning practice and socio-technical engineering of systems and flows, Redeploying Urban Infrastructure forges new, timely reflections and perspectives which will be of interest to the growing multidisciplinary community of scholars investigating infrastructure and to academics and practitioners with a concern for understanding the wider politics of urban futures.

Jonathan Rutherford holds a research post at LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés), Université Paris Est and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France.


urban infrastructure urban studies urban politics urban management sustainable urban futures urban materiality decarbonisation science and technology studies ecological urbanisms socionatural suburban spaces low carbon agendas in Stockholm Green Capital of Europe urban energy transition in Paris Hammarby Sjöstad urban planning eco-city smart cities

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Rutherford
    • 1
  1. 1.LATTSUniversité Paris EstMarne-la-ValléeFrance

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17886-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17887-1
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