Urban Future: The Influence of Communication Technology on Urban Environments

By Jasmine Palmer.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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During the past century the world’s cities have been shaped by rapid advances in technology with subsequent alterations to individual and community work and living patterns. The urban environment faces significant challenges in the balance between further technological advancements and urban sustainability; the desires of the individual and the welfare of the community. The interactivity and communication potential of current computing technologies is frequently discussed as a significant factor in the redefinition of future living and working spaces as issues of proximity are made redundant and the operational need for physical interaction is reduced. It is often suggested that communication devices such as the internet will lessen our need to travel and increase sustainability of urban environments through reduced transport energy and associated constructions. This paper intends to review a range of design propositions and views put forward by architects and designers to observe the influence of ‘cyberspace’ on the creation of urban space since the term was defined two decades ago. Both observed and speculative influences of interconnectivity upon habitation of urban space are employed to consider the potential role of communication technology in the development of future sustainable cities.

Keywords: Future Sustainable Cities, Communication Technology, Urban Space, Cyberspace

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.123-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 495.183KB).

Jasmine Palmer

Lecturer in Architecture, Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


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