a new social geography of the global maritime system

Mega-Ports by Olivier Mongin on the new geography of containerization for Eurozine.

Mongin writes of a “multi-speed urbanism”, a “hyper” and “hypo” urbanism, and “exo-urbanism” shaped by connections to globalized flows, nodes, and a littoral quality.  The business slogan of “JIT flow, zero storage” takes advantage of the multimodal character of the container. Specialized ship architectures take on logistical parameters with terms such as Malaccamax or post-Panamax.

Excerpted from a forthcoming book Une mondialisation urbaine à plusieurs vitesses [“Cities under pressure: Urban globalization at several speeds”].

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