Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution

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P. Droege
Elsevier, Mar 20, 1997 - Computers - 727 pages
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The environment, as modified and created by people, is largely about the use of information, its generation and exchange. How do recent innovations in the technologies of information management and communication affect our use of space and place, and the way we perceive and think about our surroundings?

This volume provides an international, exploratory forum for the complex phenomenon of new information and communication technology as it permeates and transforms our physical world, and our relation to it: the architectural definition of our surrounding, geographical space, urban form and immediate habitats. This book is a reader, an attempt at registering disciplinary changes in context, at tracing subtexts for which most mainstream disciplines have no established language. The project is to give voice to an emerging meta-discipline that has its logic across the specializations.

A wide range of professionals and academics report findings, views and ideas. Together, they describe the architecture of a postmodern paradigm: how swiftly mutating the proliferating technology applications have begun to interact with the construction and reading of physical space in architecture, economics, geography, history, planning, social sciences, transport, visual art - but also in the newer domains that have joined this spectrum through the very nature of their impacts: information technology and telecommunications.

The space navigated in this volume is vast, both in physical terms and in its virtual and analogous form. It ranges from the space that immediately encompasses, or is simulated to encompass, the human body - as in buildings and virtual tectonics - to that of towns and regions. We stay clear of molecular-scale space, and of dimensions that are larger than earth.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Tomorrows Metropolis Virtualization Takes Command
1
The Impact of Telematics and Globalization
19
Unpacking a Loaded Discourse
29
Chapter 4 IT 2000 Singapores Vision of an Intelligent Island
49
Chapter 5 Koreas Development Strategy for Information and Telecommunications in the 21st Century
67
Chapter 6 New Information Technologies for Australia
77
A Case Study of the Scientific and Medical Equipment Industry in Australia
87
Empirical Evidence in Europe
99
Intelligence Environment and Space
386
Chapter 21 The Art of Virtual Reality
421
Chapter 22 Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding
439
Arborescent Schemas
451
Chapter 24 The Declining Significance of Traditional Borders and the Appearance of New Borders in an Age of High Technology
484
Chapter 25 Language Space and Information
495
Both Real and Virtual
518
Chapter 27 Architecture Versus the New Media
539

The Direction of Causality
123
Chapter 9 Marketspace The New Locus of Value Creation
140
Chapter 10 Reinventing Democracy
152
An Intelligent Managerial Initiative
161
Electronic and Physical Links
179
Making the Connection
199
Chapter 14 Open Service Platforms for the Information Society
214
Chapter 15 Environmental Information for Intelligent Decisions
245
Chapter 16 Intelligence About Our Environment
260
Chapter 17 Cities as Movement Economies
295
Chapter 18 Electronics Dense Urban Populations and Community
345
Chapter 19 Paradoxes and Parables of Intelligent Environments
354
Chapter 28 Recombinant Architecture
551
Chapter 29 Immutable Infrastructure or Dynamic Architectures?
584
Chapter 30 Intelligent Building Enclosure as Energy and Information Mediator
599
Chapter 31 Computer City
624
Chapter 32 Interactive Strategies in Virtual Architecture and Art
632
Chapter 33 Hybrid Architectures MediaInformation Environments
642
An Environment for Electronic Manuscripts
663
Or Living Online with Others
682
About the Authors
711
About the Editor
726
Credits
727
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Page 22 - This account privileges the capability for global transmission over the concentrations of built infrastructure that make transmission possible; information outputs over the workers producing those outputs, from specialists to secretaries; and the new transnational corporate culture over the multiplicity of cultural environments, including reterritorialized immigrant cultures, within which many of the 'other' jobs of the global information economy take place.

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Peter Droege is an expert on the role of renewable energy within the fields of urban design, development and urban infrastructure. He has directed and developed "Solar City," a research development effort conducted under the auspices of the International Energy Agency. Droege has performed academic roles at major universities in the United States and Japan, and is presently holding professorial positions at the Universities of Newcastle, Australia and Beijing, China. He is a Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, for Asia Pacific, and directs Epolis, a Sydney-based consultancy active in sustainable urban change worldwide.

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