Telecommunications and the City provides the first critical and state-of-the-art review of the relations between telecommunications and all aspects of city development and management.
Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches and a wide body of recent research, the book addresses key academic and policy debates about technological change and the future of cities with a fresh perspective. Through this approach, the complex and crucial transformations underway in cities in which telecommunications have central importance are mapped out and illustrated. Key areas where telecommunications impinge on the economic, social, physical, enviromental and institutional development of cities are illustrated by using boxed extracts and wide range of case study examples from Europe, Japan and North America.
Rejecting the extremes of optimism and pessimism in current hype about cities and telecommunications, Telecommunications and the City offers a sophisticated new perspective through which city-telecommunications relations can be understood.
""It is splendid and will become mandatory reading on my courses at Berkeley. I am sure it is going to become a classic."
-Manuel Castells, University of California, Berkeley
..."a tour de force. The authors show by example that electronics has not made clear thinking obsolete or unnecessary. If you want an idea of what may be going on with current technologies in cities, this is the book to buy and read."
"Any geographer seriously interested in the future of urban settlement in the US or across the world will gain much from a careful reading of this book...crisp, clear, and engaging."
..."a book worth absorbing by all who have an interest in what our cities will look like in the second half of the 21st century."
-"Habitat Magazine The book demonstrates the importance and the possibility of careful theoretical reflection...[It] allows the reader to make sense ofdiverse and competing arguments in new ways.