Martin Dodge has just let me know that the catalogue from his and Richard Brook’s Infra_MANC project and exhibition has just been made available as a free download

This is a wonderful collection on the socio-political and technical construction of infrastructural dreams in Manchester following the Second World War. I’m especially taken with the section on helicopters and heliports from the 1950’s. One of the themes of the collection  – pertinent to this blog – is the fragility of infrastructures, the vulnerability of these possible mobilities, and of course the common notion of how infrastructures achieve visibility as they come to fail or suffer interruption (see of course Steve Graham’s work in this area)

The catalogue examines four major post-war infrastructure projects: the Mancunian Way motorway, the unbuilt Picc-Vic railway tunnel, the Guardian underground telephone exchange and the speculative designs for a city centre heliport. The catalogue runs to over two hundred pages and is richly illustrated.


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