Repairing pipes and fixing plans: The entangled history of Hamburg’s water and energy services

Annual meeting: International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), Tallin, 15 August 2023

The aim of this conference presentation was to show how maintenance and repair can be a useful conceptual framework to make visible the entanglements of different infrastructural services. Based on initial empirical findings, I exemplified the spatial, temporal, material, and institutional interconnections of the gas and water industry in Hamburg. In doing so, I was able to demonstrate how this perspective brings together different infrastructural temporalities and scales.

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