Category: Infrastructure

Time’s path dependency

30 October, 2017 (09:00) | Cities, Engineering, England, Infrastructure, Patton, roads, Romans, Theory, Water | No comments

   By: David A. Smith     Patton prepared himself [to command Third Army in France] by reading The Norman Conquest to determine what roads William the Conqueror had utilized centuries earlier during his campaigns in Normandy and Brittany.    If an army marches on its stomach, a mechanized army rolls on its roads   […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 12, Broadband wi-fi

5 September, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, television, Theory, Toilets, Verticality, wi-fi |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11.]     12.       Broadband wi-fi (1997, Vic Hayes)   Broadband wi-fi? thinks the reader.  Wouldn’t that eliminate the comparative advantage of cities and […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 11, *Live* television

22 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, television, Theory, Toilets, Verticality |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10.]   As we saw in the previous Part 10, the arrival of television ‘de-socialized’ the consumption of news and entertainment.  Before television, people had […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 10, Television

21 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.]   Approaching the end of this lengthy and tardy exploration of the dozen technological inventions that have made possible the urban verticality which has been remaking human […]

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 |

  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 […]