Steel versus Asphalt: The Politics of Infrastructure in Post- Independence East Africa


Giulia Scotto
Contour Journal, 2019

This paper tries to expand the classic comparative model of urban studies -which historically puts two or more cities into dialogue – by comparing two territorial infrastructures, their materializations, their spatial consequences, and their cultural inspirations. The main hypothesis of this work is that infrastructures are the materialization of a specific system of values and that therefore, comparing infrastructures means comparing different technologies, ideologies, different projections of society and of territory.