Phillip Vannini, Lucy Budd, Ole B. Jensen, Christian Fisker, Paola Jirón
1 Urban Design, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN2 Centre for Mobility and Urban Studies, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN3 Mobility and Tracking Technologies, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN4 Danish Centre for Spatial Planning, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN5 Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN6 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN7 Royal Roads University8 Loughborough University9 Aalborg University10 Univesity of Chile11 Royal Roads University12 Loughborough University
Technics, technicians, and techniques form the three basic cornerstones of what this book is about. Whether it is cell phones or airplanes, passengers or magazine advertisements, what the chapters collected here have in common is a basic orientation towards technology as a set of relations. This relational approach to technology demonstrates that technology is neither a utopian nor a dystopian force driving the universe towards progress or involution. For all the contributors to this book, what mobile communication technologies like smart phones and spatial mobility technologies like cars and ferry boats have in common is the potential to transform—and be transformed by—the very relationships in which technics and technicians are involved. Nothing more, and nothing less. Technology, therefore, becomes in this context a substitute term for a socio-technical assemblage in which multiple components play different roles based on circumstances, context, purposes, needs, affordances, material possibilities, and multiple other contingencies and variables.
Technologies of Mobility in the Americas, 2012, p. 1-20