Lecture 15. Infrastructure: Water Systems, Land Manipulation, and Bridges

This lecture covers prehistory to the present, demonstrating the enduring and fundamental scope of infrastructure in the construction of society. Projects also cover a wide geography, demonstrating the universal significance of infrastructure. What, exactly, is infrastructure? Common definition is “The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society of enterprise.” (Merriam Webster) This thusly draws a distinction between built parts of our environment that are designed for human inhabitation and usage and those that facilitate an environment of societal connection and function (as opposed to, primarily, inhabitation). The examples in this lecture demonstrate some of the most common aspects of these connections, including: Water Systems Land Manipulation Bridges

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