Entertaining, concise, and relentlessly probing, "City of Bits" is a comprehensive introduction to a new type of city, an increasingly important system of virtual spaces interconnected by the information superhighway. William Mitchell makes extensive use of practical examples and illustrations in a technically well-grounded yet accessible examination of architecture and urbanism in the context of the digital telecommunications revolution, the ongoing miniaturization of electronics, the commodification of bits, and the growing domination of software over materialized form.
Winston Churchill once said that we make our buildings and our buildings make us. With refreshing wit and lucid writing, Mitchell succeeds in updating that aphorism for the computer age. -- John W. Verity * Business Week *
Pulling glass; electronic agoras; cyborg citizens; recombinant architecture; soft cities; bit biz; getting to the good bits; notes; surf sites.