Telecity: Information Technology and Its Impact on City Form

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on the main theories of urban form. The sequel should produce a conceptual model about the telecity.


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Although forecasts are part and parcel of policymaking and the requirement to prepare them is written into laws and government regulations, little attention has been given in the field of planning to advance the use of appropriate techniques.
2.
We have to bear in mind that all forecasting is normative. It is neither value-free nor assumption-free. Forecasts rely on values, perception of the future, and visions of experts and analysts.
3.
Some writers have described planning as a process involving the preparation of a set of decisions that can be adapted to the environment in a way that is consistent with prevalent goals and values ( Ingelstam 1977, 127-145).
4.
Policyrnaking is fundamentally a future-oriented action. Planning intends to influence future events and change the perceived problems of the present. Future studies can support decision making by supplying information relevance in a long-range perspective.
5.
For elaborate discussion about inquiry systems, see Churchman( 1971).

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