Category: Infrastructure

The technology of urban verticality: Part 9, I-beam steel

11 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   As the previous three parts established, in rapid succession the elevator, the telephone, and electricity on demand accelerated the economic benefits of information-based urbanization and the rise […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 8, Electricity on demand

9 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   The previous Part 7, an intermezzo in our introduction of technological advances, established that the telephone so disrupted the business of business as to impel, in very short order, […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 7, The inescapability of vertical wiring

7 August, 2017 (08:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   As we saw in the preceding Part 6, the telephone was a seismic-event invention, with so many consequences I couldn’t cover them all in the previous part. Sources used in this […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 6, Wired communications

3 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Speculation, Technology, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As we saw in the preceding Part 5, with the introduction and acceptance of the elevator, for the first time people no longer thought of building verticality solely as a liability and began […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 5, Elevators

31 July, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith    [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   As established in the earlier four parts of this post, modern cities depend on verticality – without it, the city’s horizontal expansion would overtax all natural resources, overload any infrastructure, and despoil the urban environment, […]