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 8: Technocities and Development: Images of Inferno and Utopia
Technocities and Development: Images of Inferno and Utopia
What Is Urban Migration?
The core interest for this chapter is the juxtaposition of the massive and rapid development of global communications and the related development of social structures which follow from the population of what has been variously called the ‘Technocity’, ‘the invisible city’, ‘Teletopia’, ‘the information city’, ‘cyberspace’, etc. (see Graham and Marvin, 1996: 9) set against the context of the developing world. A major point which I will begin and end with is that the development of any urban morphology is not a painless or uncontentious issue – but it does provide rich learning potential for those who wish to learn (the lack of attention paid to this ...