Intelligent Environments

1st Edition

Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution

Editors: P. Droege
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444823328
eBook ISBN: 9780080534848
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 20th March 1997
Page Count: 727
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The environment, as modified and created by people, is largely about the use of information, its generation and exchange. How do recent innovations in the technologies of information management and communication affect our use of space and place, and the way we perceive and think about our surroundings?

This volume provides an international, exploratory forum for the complex phenomenon of new information and communication technology as it permeates and transforms our physical world, and our relation to it: the architectural definition of our surrounding, geographical space, urban form and immediate habitats. This book is a reader, an attempt at registering disciplinary changes in context, at tracing subtexts for which most mainstream disciplines have no established language. The project is to give voice to an emerging meta-discipline that has its logic across the specializations.

A wide range of professionals and academics report findings, views and ideas. Together, they describe the architecture of a postmodern paradigm: how swiftly mutating the proliferating technology applications have begun to interact with the construction and reading of physical space in architecture, economics, geography, history, planning, social sciences, transport, visual art - but also in the newer domains that have joined this spectrum through the very nature of their impacts: information technology and telecommunications.

The space navigated in this volume is vast, both in physical terms and in its virtual and analogous form. It ranges from the space that immediately encompasses, or is simulated to encompass, the human body - as in buildings and virtual tectonics - to that of towns and regions. We stay clear of molecular-scale space, and of dimensions that are larger than earth.

Table of Contents

Tomorrow's metropolis: Virtualization takes command (P. Droege, Urban Design Program, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney). The new centrality: The impact of telematics and globalization (S. Sassen, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York). Glossy globalization: Unpacking a loaded discourse (P. Marcuse, Division of Urban Planning, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York). IT 2000: Singapore's vision of an intelligent island (C. Wei Choo, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto, Ontario). Korea's development strategy for information and telecommunications in the 21st century (S. Yang, Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Taedog Science Town, Taejeon). New information technologies for Australia (M. Cavill, ConsulPan, Strategic Telecommunication Research, Urban and Regional Development, Melbourne). Knowledge-based manufacturing and regional change: A case study of the scientific and medical equipment industry in Australia (A. Garnsworthy, K. O'Connor, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Melbourne). Telecommunications policy for regional development: Empirical evidence in Europe (R. Capello, Dipartimento di Economia e Produzione, Politecnico di Milano, Milan; and P. Nijkamp, Department of Regional Economics, Free University, Amsterdam). Telecommunications and economic growth: the direction of causality (D. Lamberton, Urban Research Program, Australian National University, Canberra). Marketspace: the new locus of value creation (J.F. Rayport, J.J. Sviolka, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts). Reinventing democracy (W. Dutton, Communication and Public Administration, University of Southern California). Telework: An intelligent managerial initiative (J. Wood, Graduate School of Business, University of Sydney). Telecommunications and the urban environment: Electronic and


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About the Editor

P. Droege

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Sydney, Australia

Reviews extraordinary anthology...the selection of authors is impeccable,...well written and comprehensive,... excellent volume @source:Built Environment @from:B. Gleeson and timely volume - impressive in its sweep, ...It will be an important supplement to the emerging socio-spatial literature on information technology. @source:Prometheus, Volume 16, Number 4