Information and communication technologies are said to be transforming urban life dramatically and bringing about rapid economic and cultural globalization. This book explores the many fascinating and urgent issues involved by relating advanced theoretical debates to practical matters of communication with cultural policy. It maps out a range of ‘optimistic’ and ‘pessimistic’ scenarios with special regard to various forms of inequality, particularly class, gender and geo-political inequalities. The sheer pace of change is difficult to track yet the expert contributors to this volume all offer insights and essential guidance to what is going on. There are chapters on urban planning, virtual cities and actual cities, economic and political policy, and critical social analysis of current trends that are of momentous consequence.
The book concludes that neither technological determinism nor economic determinism satisfactorily account for information and communication technologies and urban development. Instead, it is necessary to bring together a number of differently informing approaches, cultural, economic, political and technological, to make sense of a field of dynamic and contradictory forces.
Part 1: Debates
- Chapter 1: Towards Urban Cyberspace Planning: Grounding the Global through Urban Telematics Policy and Planning
- Chapter 2: Foreclosing on the City? The Bad Idea of Virtual Urbanism
- Chapter 3: Information and Communications Technologies: Luddism Revisited
Part 2: Textures
- Chapter 4: Fishing with False Teeth: Women, Gender and the Internet
- Chapter 5: The Ideal City and the Virtual Hive: Modernism and Emergent Order in Computer Culture
Part 3: Territories
- Chapter 6: XS 4 All? ‘Information Society’ Policy and Practice in the European Union
- Chapter 7: Beyond Infrastructure: Europe, the USA and Canada on the Information Highway
- Chapter 8: Technocities and Development: Images of Inferno and Utopia
Part 4: Perspectives