The e-city or the city on the cloud

Miralles i Garcia, Josep Lluís (2014) The e-city or the city on the cloud. REAL CORP 2014 – PLAN IT SMART! Clever Solutions for Smart Cities. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 675-684.

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We all know that the city emerges in history as concentration of people. The concentration permitted by the direct relationship between them, the exchange of ideas, the diffusion of innovations and the organization and division of labor. When cities arise in ancient times, communication between people is possible only through direct personal relationship. There were no other technologies and there were no other types of communication. We can speak well of “dcity”. So cities have existed for a long time, based on direct personal relationships. From the nineteenth century a great development of transportation systems in the world is produced. This allows the extension and dissemination of the city. Progressively is no longer necessary next location of activities. New means of transport allow settlements farthest people that work together. The phenomenon of large metropolitan areas and large urban areas appears. The concentration of people and activities is no longer necessary. Transportation allows relations between persons are located, over time, increasingly remote areas . Relationships that allows transport do not replace the personal relationship they complement . The historic town remains an element of identity and economic and social activities are based on direct relationships and extensive use of transport. We can speak well of “tcity”. Finally, from a few years ago, the Internet network allows daily relations among people unlocated. People can relate among ourselves regardless of where we are. Innovation and division and organization of work can be done, in fact, without physical presence. But again, these relationships do not replace but complement earlier. Simultaneously, the network provides access to vast amounts of information. We can speak well of “ecity”, a city without geography. All this leads us to the possibility and the need to manage the cities and territory otherwise, another way of management yet to design and to define with the use of new technical tools. This requires a new way of thinking about the functioning of our democratic society where the limitation is time. There is no real time availability to all the possibilities that new technologies allow. All this when some of the basic contradictions of our cities are not resolved. Specifically our cities, ie the normal life of its citizens, are not sustainable as reports consistently show the “Living Planet Report” of WWF. In this context, the “smart city” does not exist. There are new technological tools that increase the efficiency of the activities of relationship. These tools are constantly changing and affecting specific aspects, and often very partial, to all activities of all types that occur each day in the city. The text is a reflection about this new situation and the consequents in city administration and urban planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: administration tools, city administration, city concept, internet rol, city on the cloud
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 07:03
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 07:03

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