Five myths about infrastructure

To know what infrastructure we need to build, we need to have an idea of what kind of world we want to live in.

Joel H. Moser’s (*) discussion of Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’ and misconseptions on what IF is and does for society that are commonly present in politics and public debates today. This five infrastructural myths are discussed in his Washington Post article:

1. New infrastructure projects would reduce unemployment.
2. Regulations kill infrastructure projects.
3. Private investment leads to infrastructure projects.
4. Infrastructure spending will spur growth.
5. We know what infrastructure we need.

(*) “Joel H. Moser is  the founder and CEO of Aquamarine Investment Partners, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.” (see article)

Open House London, 2017: A Tour of the Capital’s Council Housing

Municipal Dreams

The most important buildings in London – those with the greatest social significance for the mass of its people and those which have made the greatest visual impact on the capital – are council houses. In 1981, at peak, there were 769,996 council homes in the capital and they housed near 31 percent of its population.

It’s partly this ubiquity and familiarity that means most council estates don’t make it into Open House London, the capital’s annual celebration of its built heritage taking place this year on the weekend of the 16-17 September. And, then – let’s be fair here – there’s the fact that not all municipal schemes have represented the very best of architecture and design.

Housing protest Housing crisis and protest

But there’s another process in play – the marginalisation of social housing and its contribution to the lives of so many. We are asked to forget all that social…

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