Article ID: CBB172370519

The intersections between infrastructures and expectations: Repair and breakdown in Yachay, the city of knowledge in Ecuador (2019)

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José David Gómez-Urrego (Author)


Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 495-539


Publication Date: 2019
Edition Details: Thematic Cluster: Frail Modernities: Latin American Infrastructures between Repair and Ruination
Language: English

This paper explores the temporalities of infrastructuring, breakdown, and repair/disrepair interacting generatively – materially and symbolically – in “Yachay, the city of knowledge,” the most ambitious and controversial public infrastructural project in Ecuador’s history. I analyze the roles of expectations, and the infrastructural dynamics in the process of shaping Yachay during its intragovernmental scaling-up from a technical university to a city of knowledge; and during the material implementation of some of its basic physical infrastructure. I also highlight the embeddedness of the expectations in particular pasts and historical trajectories, thus extending the common use of expectations as only oriented to the future. The argument presented here draws on fieldwork conducted in Yachay for 14 months between 2016 and 2018.

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Article Raquel Velho; Sebastián Ureta (2019) Frail modernities: Latin American infrastructures between repair and ruination. Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society (pp. 428-441). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ureta, Sebastián
Appel, Hannah
Lina Pinto García
Adam Fish
Vostal, Filip
Ildikó Zonga Plájás
Journals
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Transfers
Social Studies of Science
Technology's Stories
Technology and Culture
Publishers
The MIT Press
Concepts
Science and technology studies (STS)
Infrastructure
Maintenance and repair
Temporality
Mobility
Imaginaries
People
Wajcman, Judith
Foucault, Michel
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
Places
Romania
United States
Puget Sound
Dar Es Salaam
Argentina
Ecuador
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