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Complexity in Infrastructures

Infrastructures involve those human made systems able to transport information, energy or matter. From a broader historical perspective, reliable networks of energy, transportation and communication constitute the very foundation of all prospering societies. But on the other hand, they have an enormous power to shape those societies at their will: they fracture and divide the land where they develop, imposing new territorial organizations and structures. They tend to separate societies into those "reached" by the network and those "not reached", imposing a new social order that relies on an externally imposed technological one.

The increasing size and complexity of most of these infrastructures and the common thought that all the "things" transported by these networks must be considered solely as commercial goods (and not as fundamental social needs, like electricity or water), have increased, as well, the number and size of malfunctions and unexpected emergent phenomena like cascading failures, traffic and Internet jams, etc.

The aim of this project is to challenge the traditional design of technical networks, which has been traditionally functional and economy-based, by means of transversal and interdisciplinary tools and concepts coming from biology, ecology, networks and complexity science.

Results and and on-going research coming from this project can be found in the Publications page and in the following collaborative tasks, workshops and conferences:

On-going Collaborative Projects

 

    GRACeFUL

     

    Closed Collaborative Projects

    Conferences & Workshops