State of Knowledge
and Measuring the Information City
and Household Mobility in Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Infrastructure, and the Environment
and Telecommunications Technology and Inner-City Communities
is no greater challenge facing urban research than to
understand the way in which information and telecommunications
technologies are transforming the cities and metropolitan
regions where people live and work. This project, by
bringing together experts from social science, computer
science, environmental science, and engineering, will
provide a new perspective on the future of urban environments
that can inform research and policy in the next century.
previous eras of urban growth when a specific innovation,
such as the automobile or electric power, drove urban
development, the development of information and telecommunication
technologies is being driven by the actions of numerous
individuals and firms inventing new ways of using information
in all aspects of urban life. This project will fill
a major gap in the study of urban regions while also
generating ideas and information that will encourage
research in a multiplicity of disciplines.
are three distinctive aspects to this project that contribute
to its potential impact on urban scholarship and policy:
the scope of the project is future-oriented. We
will contribute to and expand the body of knowledge
concerning a subject, information technology and
urban development, that will become even more
important in the future.
the proposed research is intrinsically linked
to several disciplines, and therefore, the opportunity
for influencing future researchers is greater
than if the research were confined to a single
discipline or problem.
our team of researchers has a proven record at
disseminating its research to a national audience,
which includes public policymakers, through print
media, electronic media, and in-person forums.
The dissemination of the results generated during
this study will be an ongoing activity directed
by the principal investigator, not relegated to
the end of the project.
all these reasons, the future-oriented scope, the interdisciplinary
collaboration, and the explicit attention given to dissemination,
this project should make a long-term contribution to
the entire community of scholars and public policymakers
concerned with urban environments.
support from the National Science Foundation, under the Urban Research
(C) 1999, 2000, 2001 Taub Urban Research Center, New York University