A new UI paper ‘The maintenance of urban circulation: An operational logic of infrastructural control’ by Andres Luque-Ayala and Simon Marvin is available at early view at the Environment and Planning D website. The paper examines the increased visibility of urban infrastructures occurring through a close coupling of information technologies and the selective integration of urban services.

It asks how circulatory flow is managed in the contemporary city, by focusing on the emergence of new forms of governmentality associated with “smart” technologies.

Drawing on Foucault’s governmentality, and based on a case study of Rio de Janeiro’s Operations Centre (COR), the paper argues that new understandings of the city are being developed, representing a new mode of urban infrastructure based on the partial and selective rebundling of splintered networks and fragmented urban space. For more details contact Simon Marvin.