Wireless: A City's Best Friend?

Are wireless networks set to become the new revitalization and urban renewal strategy for the city of the 21st century?
November 29, 2004, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"With a new generation of wireless devices, GPS (global positioning system) locators and ubiquitous networking, future gazers claim, digital space will simply add another dimension to physical space, especially as technology continues to penetrate what sociologist Ray Oldenberg has famously described as "third places": the communal public spaces where people interact with friends or strangers.

'From an urban design perspective, a lot of technologists are just discovering public space... We're interested in the social cues that people already perform in urban spaces, in the artifacts that already exist, like trash cans, park benches, and how they will be mapped or reappropriated into a playful network of digital life on the streets.'

Toggled together, the pragmatic and playful digital city applications will change both the shape and the experience of public space."

Thanks to Scott Page

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Published on Monday, November 29, 2004 in Salon
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