Telecity: Information Technology and Its Impact on City Form

Telecity: Information Technology and Its Impact on City Form

Telecity: Information Technology and Its Impact on City Form

Telecity: Information Technology and Its Impact on City Form

Synopsis

Fathy examines the growth of the information society and the impact of its technologies on city form and urban life. He establishes a theoretical framework that integrates the consequences of technology on the physical city, the dynamics of its economic activities and location decisions, and its social processes. The main concern of this study is the relationship between socioeconomic forces of social change and the physical transformation process of the existing city in Western countries.

Excerpt

This book examines the impact of technology on city form and structure. Several studies on the social impact of technology have already been conducted, each from a different viewpoint. However, the real question has not yet been asked.

The main concern of this book is the relationship between socioeconomic activities and the transformation process of existing cities in modern societies accelerated by the emerging information revolution. The study proceeds through the development of concepts based on virtual networks of communication to perform new types of social activities. The concepts of the telecity and teleactivities occupy integral roles in the study.

My audience consists essentially of scholars and designers. Scholars may be interested in the development of the main concept of telecity emerging from the analysis of new socioeconomic relationships. While critically relating different theoretical perspectives to the analysis and findings, they find this study pursues its objectives using an uncommon approach -- its research acts as a confirmatory exercise to the central concepts. Designers, on the other hand, have an interest in the potential of new information technologies. The introduction of new tools provides insights for better solutions to city problems, and the articulated structures in . . .

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