This paper seeks to contribute to debates about how urban, social and critical theory can conceptualise the socio-technologies of connection, resilience, mobility, and collapse in contemporary urban space. The paper offers a theoretical frame for conceptualising this New Urban Condition, focusing on themes of mobility, power, flow, network and scale. The analysis suggests the importance of close atention to the knowledge claims which are deployed in multi-level struggles to assert smooth futures in face of dysfunction.
European space; mobility; network; urban space
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ESRC-sponsored seminar: Urban Vulnerability and network Faliure: Constructions and experiences of emergencies, Crises and Collapse, 29.-30.04.04, 2004