Research into how information technologies affects cities. Based in the idea of city as a way of organizing information.
Blog analysing broadband saturation in Seoule : http://urban.blogs.com/seoul/
Wireless cities : http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/001655.html
This view of cities as information processors (people agregate and swap stories) is really a notion of city as market (See also MarketsAreConversations)
The project claims to research how to make the city more economically productive by improving information facilities for creative workers. (See also CreativeClass)
Mobile phones make commute time more productive. (See also SmartMobs)
HowardRheingold on cities, swarms and cell-phones: the birth of urban infomatics : http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=100066
But if cities are designed to take advantage of personal, mobile communication devices, may raise a problem of the DigitalDivide. For example, since watches became popular personal devics, it's harder to find a public clock. Working pay-phones are also becoming scarce in many places as the mobile-phone becomes more ubiquitous.
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