Atlas of Infrastructure I

First volume of an ongoing “Atlas of Infrastructure” series representing Scandinavia.

Cars, roads, municipal water supplies, sewers, telephones, railroads, weather forecasting, building, even computers in the majority of their uses – reside in a naturalised background, as ordinary and unremarkable to us as trees, daylight and dirt. Our civilisations fundamentally depend on them, yet we notice them mainly when they fail, which luckily for us they rarely do. They are the connective tissues and the circulatory systems of modernity. A well functioning infrastructure is by definition invisible, because its very purpose is to provide a basis for other activities - to accommodate different actors, their shifting goals, and modes of engagement. Only when it breaks down does infrastructure come to the fore.

Paul N. Edwards, Infrastructure and Modernity, 2003