We argue that road engineers—in the cases presented in the articles in this special section—were acting as cultural actors, playing a greater role than experts and especially policy makers. Even as they utilized technical information in cultural debates, road representation had huge symbolic value in driving the social and political discussions. However, once road experts used and accepted such political tools, they could not disconnect themselves from the political process, which determined success and failure in these projects.
Engineers as Cultural Actors—Introduction
Massimo Moraglio and Bruce Seely
Ten Years of Transfers
Mobility Studies and Social Change during a Pandemic
articles on the history and representation of roads that have been published in Transfers , including for example volume 5, issue 1, which had a special section on “road representation.” Cities are creating many miles of “open streets” that close or slow