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This set of diagrams and drawings compiles my investigations on networks of infrastructure around Dewey Sq in the city of Boston. The site is ide… Read More
This set of diagrams and drawings compiles my investigations on networks of infrastructure around Dewey Sq in the city of Boston. The site is identified as a main hub of transportation that establishes multiple types of connections at a local, regional and global scale. These networks evolve over time as new technologies are developed making significant changes to the morphology of the city. these networks started to appear in the 1700s when the first roads were laid down for the movement of goods and people. Later, with the explosion of industrialization during the 1800s, this primitive system of roads becomes a more sophisticated network of streets that serve a larger population. The introduction of the railroad starts to give shape to Dewey Sq as a major hub of urban transport. The railroad expands the existing network establishing more direct connections between cities at the scale of the region. In 1908 Henry Ford starts mass-producing the model “T” transforming streets into highways; this event marks the beginning of the era of the automobile. In 1950 this highways are elevated from the ground becoming highly elaborate pieces of engineering that allow for a rapid flow of people in an out the city. In the 1980s the city starts planning to move these highways under the ground marking the end of Fordism and car oriented city landscapes. 1995 is the year that Bill Gates releases Windows 95 changing entirely the way humans communicate and marking the start of virtual networks. These drawings and diagrams aim to illustrate the correlations between technology and physical space and its implications on the built environment. Read Less
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