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L’infrastructure sismographe. Temps, échelles et récits du boulevard périphérique parisien

Abstract : How do urban infrastructures originate? How do they get built? How do they grow? A practical object, which contributes to urban functions, infrastructure is also an autonomous subject, with its own capacity for transformation and its own impact on the evolution of the city – “an explanatory and explained variable” of the city to come to follow historian Bernard Lepetit. This article focuses on the case study of Paris “boulevard périphérique,” an inner orbital road imagined under Vichy period, decided in 1954, completed in 1973 and now the most frequented highroad in Europe as well as the Gordian knot of Paris metropolis institutional and urban tensions. Within this framework, we would like to understand the mutual relations of influence between infrastructures and their territories, assuming that the infrastructural lens can make the city temporalities more intelligible. While enlightening the complex causalities behind these artefacts, we wish both to circumscribe the infrastructural protean object and to understand the interferences that make cities enlarging through their infrastructures.
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Nathalie Roseau. L’infrastructure sismographe. Temps, échelles et récits du boulevard périphérique parisien. Tracés : Revue de Sciences Humaines, ENS Éditions, 2018, pp.49 - 74. ⟨10.4000/traces.8207⟩. ⟨hal-01939135⟩



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