About Our Project
The economic future of our cities will be defined by their capacity to generate, process, and distribute information. With the emergence of the Internet, the diffusion of personal computers and the advent of telecommunications deregulation, cities face unprecedented requirements to compete as centers of economic activity, culture, and civic activity.
Urban Researchers must understand and explain the way in which information and telecommunications technologies are transforming the cities and metropolitan areas where people live and work. This project will establish a new conceptual framework in which to study and analyze these patterns of urban change.
Cities as Information Centers: Terrorism, Technology
and the Future
Mobile Computing and Communications: New Interactions Between Infromation Architecture and Infrastructure Use
Working paper for the Workshop on Bringin
Information Technology to Infrastructure
Information and the Urban Future: Proceedings
Science of Location: Why the Wireless Development Community Needs Geography,
Urban Planning, and Architecture
Our Project in the News
Check out our growing Photo Archive of information city urban landscapes...
Quotes About 'Information'
Herbert N. Casson, The History of the Telephone (1910)
"No invention has been more timely that the telephone. It arrived at the exact period when it was needed for the organization of great cities and the unification of nations."
Kevin Lynch, Pioneering Urban Planner
Steve Crocker, Early pioneer of ARPANET, the
military precursor of the Internet:
PSINet Annual Report, 1999: "In May, we acquired dark fiber strands connecting the New York City and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas and cities in between. This corridor handles approximately 35 percent of the telecommunications traffic in the U.S and is a vital route connecting Internet traffic between the United States and Europe."
In A Dilemma: Boomtown With No Room" Pacific News Service, by Andrew
Heath Thompson, former aide to George W. Bush: "[Cell phones are] part of the culture now. I don't know how people ever got along without them. Information is the currency of politics. Without it, you're out of the loop."
Lloop, New York DJ: "The dance floor has become the live performance for the information age."
support from the National Science Foundation, under the Urban Research