The demise of the plan: New architectures of the real-time city
Master of Architecture
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is being used in conjunction with wireless communications and spatially referenced databases (GIS) to form a new telecommunications regime that is radically changing the way we move about and perceive the urban landscape. The increased speed and efficiency of this new regime favors decentralized, real-time decision making at the level of individual actor over centralized, top down planning. If centralized planning is no longer relevant in the decentralized city, how can urban planners, designers and architects engage the new urban frontier? By designing how information generated by the new regime is presented to users, those of us in the design professions can begin to tackle the problem in a decentralized manner, while maintaining our relevance in a world operating outside the bounds of centralized thinking.
Information science; Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning