The Open University a City in The Making

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The Open University a City in The Making

The Open University a City in The Making, Download your free ‘A City in the Making’ poster to accompany the OU/BBC series ‘The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway’.

Following on from the OU/BBC co-production The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, download your free poster exploring urban infrastructures and how cities are made. You can also see other poster and booklets we’ve made for other series.

Click on the link to Order your free poster!

Notes from the authors

Cities depend on circulations: of people, materials, goods, energy, and information. It is urban infrastructures that make those circulations possible.

Such infrastructures include networks of transportation, communication, supply and, increasingly, digital data that allows people and objects to be mobile.

They include, less obviously, the technical standards, bureaucratic systems, and regulatory governance that allows such networks to function.

The images and words on this poster offer some ways of thinking about the different forms this shaping can take with the intention of drawing your attention to how, when, where and why cities are never finished and always in the making.


  • Dr Nick Bingham

    Senior Lecturer in Geography, The Open University

  • Dr George Revill

    (Department of Geography)

    George Revill is senior lecturer in cultural geography at The Open University.

  • Professor Jeff Johnson

    (Department of Engineering and Innovation)

    Jeff is Professor of Complexity Science and Design in the OU’s STEM faculty.