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Information Technology, Space And The Built Environment: : The Death of the city?


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Review of Anthony M. Townsend. 2003. Wired/Unwired: The Urban Geography of Digital Networks. Ph.D. Dissertation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Information Technology, Space And The Built Environment: : The Death of the city?

  1. 1. ANTHONY M. TOWNSEND. 2003. WIRED/UNWIRED: THE URBAN GEOGRAPHY OF DIGITAL NETWORKS. PH.D. DISSERTATION. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Information Technology, Space and the built environment: The Death of the city? ; Wrapping up
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Thesis examines the development of digital network infrastructure in the world’s greatest cities at the turn of 20 th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyses how the physical components of digital networks were deployed in major urban areas during 1990s. </li></ul><ul><li>It finds that historical processes and pre existing differences between places shaped the evolution of this infrastructure at multiple spatial scales; global, metropolitan, and neighborhood. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, rather than bringing about the “death of distance”, digital network infrastructure actually reinforced many of the pre-existing differences between connected and disconnected places. </li></ul><ul><li>As the development of wired network slowed, wireless technology emerged as a more flexible, intuitive and efficient form of connecting users. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Chapter 1: Communication Network as Urban Infrastructure <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Cities as Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Design and Planning of Mediated Space </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chapter 2: The Spread of the Internet <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>The Military Research Network (1969 - 1987) </li></ul><ul><li>The Educational Network (1987 - 1995) </li></ul><ul><li>The Commercial Network (1995 - present) </li></ul><ul><li>Global Diffusion </li></ul><ul><li>The United States as the center of Global Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Loosening America’s grip on the Internet </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chapter 3: The Rise of the Network Cities <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Global Cities and the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>The inadequacy of existing views </li></ul>
  6. 6. Chapter 4: The Wired Metropolis <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Four vital components of Urban digital infrastructure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teleport </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Information Highway </li></ul><ul><li>Information Factories </li></ul><ul><li>Information Warehouses </li></ul><ul><li>Information Ports </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chapter 5: The Fiber Boom and Bust <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>The Boom </li></ul><ul><li>The Bust </li></ul><ul><li>Why the Bubble bust? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Chapter 6: The Untethered City <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>The emergence of untethered city </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Communications and Urban Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Untethered Infrastructure </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chapter 7: Policy, Planning and Design for the Digitally Networked City <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Planning: Putting telecommunications on the map </li></ul><ul><li>Policy: Infrastructure, Connectivity and Competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Design: Mediated Urban Space </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you