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Vers la ville sobre des réseaux ? L’urbanisme des réseaux face aux transitions

Abstract : To what extent are urban Large Technical Systems compatible with energy and digital transitions ? Cities of the global North and a large part of the cities of the global South have long been supplied through large and centralised urban technical networks (water and energy) that contributed to the emergence of the networked city. Over the last couple of decades, one such model has been torn between conflicting and contradicting processes. On the one hand, declining demand levels in both water and energy networks are destabilising the technical, business and territorial model of these urban services (constituting “shrinking networks”); on the other hand, decentralised networks are blossoming around energy transitions to constitute more local energy territories; on another one, digital transitions are contributing to the emergence of new objects such as smart networks, whose material footprint (sensors, data centers) is transforming cities up to the contradiction with ecological issues of our times. This article details these concomitant processes that are destabilising the networked city and provides an understanding of what these transitions do to the city.
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Daniel Florentin. Vers la ville sobre des réseaux ? L’urbanisme des réseaux face aux transitions. L'Information géographique, Armand Colin, 2019, 83 (2), pp.58-71. ⟨10.3917/lig.902.0058⟩. ⟨hal-02189578⟩



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