Telecommunications and the City
Electronic Spaces, Urban Places
Routledge – 1995 – 452 pages
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.
'This excellent book provides a much needed focus by overviewing and integrating conceptual and empirical insights from technology, geography and urban studies…THe high quality of the text, the standard of referencing and the variety of illustrations combine as an exemplar of synthesis and exposition for an undergraduate audience. As such it merits inclusion on the reading list for all students in the social sciences. - Progress in Human Geography
'Telecommunications and the City is an important contribution to the field of urban studies and planning…excellent value as a textbook and reference for teachers and students of urban studies and planning, sociology, communications and related areas of study and for those attempting to decipher the political and social dimensions of 'information age' technology.' - Urban Studies, Vol 34, No.7, 97