Mobility and Space in the Dispersed City

Sonora, Mexico. Ernesto Valero Thomas, 2012.

MobilityMobility requires infrastructures. Movement within urban and rural habitats involves constant supply of energy and maintenance to motorized automobiles. Data from the book The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics tells us that in 1960 the motor vehicle industry manufactured 16.5 million units, 29.4 million in 1970, and 48.6 million in 1990. During 2012, 84.1 million motorized vehicles were fabricated in the world.

Nowadays China, South Korea, India, Brazil and Mexico have reached 43% of the share of the total vehicle production. Each of these countries produces more cars than France, the UK and Italy. How do we measure the impact of this rising motorized mobility in developing contexts? One form of doing it is to represent the spatial networks shaped by infrastructures that supply and nurture automobiles.

I propose the representation of three typologies: car washes, gas stations, and tyre repair shops.


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