Infrastructure at the crossroads of speed and scale

We’ve discussed scale quite often in this blog. I recently watched this clip, and suddenly scale seemed to matter even more when matters of speed figured in.

Check this out: a 30 story hotel in China (Hunan) built in 15 days.

Certainly, a hotel is not necessarily “infrastructure” (although, we could debate that), but the intersection of speed and scale seems like a very promising research site for infrastructure development (especially because it might be a way out of purely ideographic case studies toward more quantitative work in STS).