Tag Archives: Transport

Infrastructural Statecraft and the Rise of Just-in-Time Urbanism

By Boris Vormann, Freie Universität Berlin Containerization has led international trade to triple since the mid-1970s. This massive expansion and deepening of exchange networks would have been unthinkable without the construction of material transportation infrastructures in the world’s metropolitan agglomerations. … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

City Life and Automobility in Twentieth-Century Ghana

By Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University On the eve of his country’s independence in the mid-1950s, Ghanaian journalist Moses Danquah claimed: “We are riding confidently on the crest of the wave to greater economic prosperity, to greater social and cultural achievements, … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

On the Khartoum Omnibus: Stories of Sudan’s Cosmopolitanism

By Raphael Cormack, University of Edinburgh In July 2005 a helicopter carrying John Garang, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and new vice-president of Sudan, crashed in Uganda. Garang and the 13 other passengers were all killed. The most … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Some Reflections on Imperial Port Cities in the Age of Steam

Lasse Heerten, Freie Universität Berlin, and Daniel Tödt, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin Let’s judge some books by their covers. In the recently flourishing literature on global and imperial history, port cities have become ubiquitous icons, visual shorthand … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Plural Pasts in Southeast Asian Port Cities

By Su Lin Lewis, University of Bristol Conflict and division characterize the way we often think of race relations in the colonial era, but the social history of Asia’s most multi-ethnic cities gives us a different view. The colonial scholar … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Analyzing the Palimpsestic Petroleumscape of Rotterdam

By Carola Hein, Delft University of Technology Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years. Industrial structures, buildings, monuments, urban … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mapping as Process: Food Access in Nineteenth-Century New York

Gergely Baics, Barnard College, Columbia University Geographic information system (GIS) has changed social science and humanities research through spatial analysis. It has reinvigorated the spatial turn, which has swept many fields in the past decades, improving their empirical foundations, methodological … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

From Lancashire to the World: The Manchester Ship Canal and Globalization

Harry Stopes, University College London “The ship, prophetic feature of the City Arms, will be no longer a prophecy of what is to be; it will be the symbol of what is, the Port of Manchester, with that other feature … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Fashioning the Colonial Metropolis: Asian Influences and Urban Identities in Colonial Mexico City

Nino Vallen, Freie Universität Berlin At the end of the seventeenth century, the Mexican artist Cristóbal de Villalpando painted the main square of Mexico City. His image of the zócalo depicts approximately 1,200 persons strolling around or standing in groups … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rush Hour in Ottoman Istanbul: Mechanized Transportation and the Emergence of Modern Temporal Patterns

Avner Wishnitzer, Tel Aviv University It is the morning rush hour in the Istanbul neighborhood of Eminönü. Another ferry is approaching the quay and even before it is tied to the platform, hordes of people alight and rush on to … Continue reading

Posted in Article | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment