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.
Chapter 9: Designs on the City: Urban Experience in the Age of Electronic Reproduction
Designs on the City: Urban Experience in the Age of Electronic Reproduction
The information society is on its way. A digital revolution is triggering structural changes comparable to last century's industrial revolution, with correspondingly high economic stakes. The process cannot be stopped and will lead eventually to a knowledge-based economy.
Techno-enthusiasm like this, often accompanied by fanciful illustrations of the wonders of cyberspace, fills popular magazines and bookshops. As the next century approaches, digital technology is celebrated with the fervour aroused by heat engine technology at the close of the last one. The speed with which information can circulate, whether between people at home or on the move, within corporations and workplaces, between the governors and ...