From Flux to Frame: Designing Infrastructure and Shaping Urbanization in Belgium by Maarten Van AckerFrom Flux to Frame: Designing Infrastructure and Shaping Urbanization in Belgium by Maarten Van Acker

From Flux to Frame: Designing Infrastructure and Shaping Urbanization in Belgium

byMaarten Van Acker

Paperback | January 26, 2015

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Daily traffic jams, discussions whenever a new infrastructure project is launched, the health debate about car emissions—the tense relationship between infrastructure and its surroundings becomes clearer to us every day. Infrastructure and urbanism seem to belong to two different worlds. While infrastructure design belongs to the domain of the engineer, urbanism is often part of the overlapping disciplines of architecture, social science, and policy studies. From Flux to Frame sets out to bridge the gap between urban planning and transport history. Maarten Van Acker investigates the spatial impact of highways, motorways, canals, tramways, and railways on the surrounding landscape by applying a new methodology that combines classical historical literature with innovative mapping techniques. The book features an abundance of previously unpublished historical illustrations of exceptional quality.

Maarten Van Acker is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Antwerp and an urban designer.
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Title:From Flux to Frame: Designing Infrastructure and Shaping Urbanization in BelgiumFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:9.1 × 6.7 × 0.27 inShipping dimensions:9.1 × 6.7 × 0.27 inPublished:January 26, 2015Publisher:Leuven University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9058679586

ISBN - 13:9789058679581

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Table of Contents

Infrastructure: The Implicit Project for Steering Urbanization
Introduction

PART 1: COLONIZING THE CAMPINE
1. An emerging national test site
2. Colonizing and canalizing the Campine [1838-1914]
3. The Iron Rhine and the re-guickening of the Campine Canal [1879-1914]
4. Endogenous trajectories towards a national industry [1894-1914]
5. Carbon colonization [1901-1939]
6. Infrastructure hijacking urbanization [1945-1970]
7. The multiple liv.es of the Campine infrastructure

PART 2: DEVELOPING (ALONG) THE COASTLINE(S)
1. Land in-sight: modeling the horizon of a new nation [circa 1830]
2. Tracking tourism [1830-1885]
3. Wiring the dunes
4. Rational coastal urbanization schemes meshed with modern roads
5. The coastal landscape framed by multi modal synergies

PART 3: RE-TRACING THE ANTWERP RINGSCAPE
1. The first exercise in encirclement and reinterpretation
2. The urban boulevard as a test case for a changing discipline
3. Designing an urban highway
4. Continuous non-conformity: new futures for the Ringscape
5. Urban infrastructures shaping the Antwerp Ringscape

The Parallel Histories and Interwoven Futures of Infrastructure Design and Urbanism

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Sources
Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Maarten Van Acker traces the construction of the landscape in the Campine, the Coast, and the Antwerp urban region of Belgium as a hybrid composite of four layers. With a fascinating analysis of the interaction of the urban actors driving the creation of these layers, the author gives an original and deep understanding of the city as an urban territory."—Grahame David Shane, Columbia University