∗ Symposium »Feminist Infrastructural Critique Interdependencies of Bodies, Materials, and Technologies«, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
When speaking about urban infrastructures we are mainly referring to housing, road and mobility systems or electronical and digital networks. But isn’t this material view reductionist? A feminist concept of care counters this view with a perspective that sees urban infrastructures as embedded in a network of reciprocal social relations and that understands this network itself as an urban infrastructure – as an “infrastructure of care”. Thus, care not only broadens the understanding of urban infrastructures, but also offers the starting point for an infra-political perspective. Due to this perspective, infrastructural connectedness can be uncovered and its underlying “rules” – hegemonic settings of hierarchies and inscribed power differences regulating infrastructural access – can be questioned. Therefore, care as an infra-political perspective is not only part of a feminist critique of urban infrastructures but also the starting point for imagining a caring design of these infrastructures – a caring urbanism.