There have been numerous possible scenarios depicted on the impact of the internet on urban spaces. Considering ubiquitous/pervasive computing, mobile, wireless connectivity and the acceptance of the Internet as a non-extraordinary part of our everyday lives mean that physical urban space is augmented, and digital in itself. This poses new problems as well as opportunities to those who have to deal with it. This book explores the intersection and articulation of physical and digital environments and the ways they can extend and reshape a spirit of place. It considers this from three main perspectives: the implications for the public sphere and urban public or semi-public spaces; the implications for community regeneration and empowerment; and the dilemmas and challenges which the augmentation of space implies for urbanists. Grounded with international real -life case studies, this is an up-to-date, interdisciplinary and holistic overview of the relationships between cities, communities and high technologies.
Alessandro Aurigi, Professor of Urban Design, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth, UK and Dr Fiorella De Cindio, Laboratorio di Informatica Civica, University of Milan, Italy
'In laying the groundwork for further research and analysis, this book is extremely useful in equipping urban researchers with vignettes of empirics, morsels of theoretical insight and plenty of food for thought...The book will no doubt inspire others to research and analyze our augmenting built environment, and for that, it must be applauded.' European Spatial Research and Policy