Note #1

If architects asset that signs and information are more important than infrastructure, why would bureaucrats or politicians disagree? As much as they have been excluded from the development of the city, architects themselves have retreated from questions of function, implementation, technique, finance, and material practice. And while architects are relatively powerless to provoke the changes necessary to generate renewed investment in infrastructure, they can begin to redirect their own imaginative and technical efforts toward the questions of infrastructure. A toolbox of new and existing procedures can be expanded by reference to architecture’s traditional alliance with territorial organization and functionality.

Stan Allen, 1999: 51-52


ALLEN Stan, “Infrastructural Urbanism”, in ID., Points + Lines. Diagrams and Projects for the City, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999, pp. 48-57.