Growing infrastructures

Infrastructures¬†aren’t built, they grow. Growing “capture[s] the sense of an organic unfolding within an existing (and changing) environment. ..The history of most large-scale infrastructures includes two crucial moments. One is a gateway phase, discussed above, in which technical, political, legal, and/or social innovations link previously separate, heterogeneous systems to form more powerful and far-reaching networks. The other is a recurring issue of adjustment in which infrastructures adapt to, reshape, or even internalize elements of their environment in the process of growth and entrenchment”- ¬†Edwards Bowker, Jackson and Williams,¬†Introduction: An Agenda for Infrastructure Studies, p.360

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