In addition, there is a new technological agency, which enforces boundaries, regulates rhythms, and supports infrastructures within the city.(7) Assemblage urbanism enables the city to be thought processually alongside them and to encounter “other powerful social effects of the urban technological unconscious.”(8) Thus, we increase the number of connections between large technical systems while also opening up their functions from within black boxes to illustrate points of articulation(9) and precariousness.(10) Rather than monolithic, controlling entities, technological agency can be located in a prepositional mode of being which “set up what comes next without impinging in the least on what is actually said.”(11) Though this study will not go into topics of real-time sensing and controls,(12) in later sections we will develop this parallel between the procedural enactment of the city and the procedural enactment of code.
As an actively constructive theory,(13) assemblage urbanism, helps mitigate the danger of translating an analytic method into a generative one.(14) The projective nature implict in assemblage theory, of “linking the actual with potential,”(15) makes it more welcoming to design input and the very real impacts which small-scale modifications can bring about. Finally, assemblage urbanism establishes the beginnings of a framework that perpetuates new urban interactions: a reflexive operation by which such impacts feed back into the urban field as immanent causes.(16) Within the urban field, each individual assemblage also functions as an interface for potential engagement.