Discontinuous, contingent, and nontraditionally vulnerable

A recent article of mine for Domus, on the “critical foreign dependencies” list revealed last winter by Wikileaks, is now online, in case you missed it here, complete with some maps and infographics.

[Image: Map by, and courtesy of, Domus, “in homage to Buckminster Fuller’s famous Dymaxion projection, and showing the locations of 259 critical infrastructures”; see it folded up, courtesy of David M.A.].

Check it out if you get a chance—and thanks again to Domus for the opportunity to explore this topic.

2 thoughts on “Discontinuous, contingent, and nontraditionally vulnerable”

  1. Blimey, that's a breathtaking article.

    Years ago at Tim O'Reilly's FooCamp, I had a chat with Stamen's Mic Migurski on the use of Dymaxion maps to illustrate the naval imperatives for the British and Japanese empires; a Dymaxion perspective underlined why places like Gibraltar and Suez were critical to British power.

    Our conversation never went further, but it stayed with me, so it's wonderful to see such an expansive illustration of the US's geopolitical. It surfaces and clarifies many things that aren't apparent from policy.

  2. For reference, I plotted the Critical UK sites here: Google map.

    One thing I was struck by: many of the transatlantic cables cited come ashore at Widemouth Bay: according to Wikipedia and local sources, once a favourite haunt of smugglers…

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