Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems

Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems

by Olivier Coutard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415324580

ISBN-13: 9780415324588

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"Telecommunications, transportation, energy, and water supply networks have gained crucial importance in the functioning of modern social systems over the past 100 to 150 years. Sustaining Urban Networks studies the development of these networks and the economic, social, and environmental issues associated with it." Sustaining Urban Networks will be of interest to the…  See more details below

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"Telecommunications, transportation, energy, and water supply networks have gained crucial importance in the functioning of modern social systems over the past 100 to 150 years. Sustaining Urban Networks studies the development of these networks and the economic, social, and environmental issues associated with it." Sustaining Urban Networks will be of interest to the growing interdisciplinary academic community interested in technological networks, their historical development, their social significance, their role in the functioning of cities, their economic regulation and their expansion in developing countries. It will also be useful reading for strategists in utility companies and governmental agencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415324588
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Networked Cities Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : network systems revisited : the confounding nature of universal systems1
Ch. 1Gig@city : the rise of technological networks in daily life15
Ch. 2"Internetting" downtown San Francisco : digital space meets urban place32
Ch. 3Urban space and the development of networks : a discussion of the "splintering urbanism" thesis48
Ch. 4Social implications of infrastructure network interactions67
Ch. 5When networks are destabilized : user innovation and the UK fuel crisis86
Ch. 6Internet : the social construction of a "network ideology"103
Ch. 7The diffusion of information and communication technologies in lower-income groups : Cabinas De Internet in Lima, Peru117
Ch. 8Living in a network society : the imperative to connect135
Ch. 9Conflicts and the rise of users' participation in the Buenos Aires water supply concession, 1993-2003151
Ch. 10Reforming the municipal water supply service in Delhi : institutional and organizational issues172
Ch. 11Not too much but not too little : the sustainability of urban water services in New York, Paris and New Delhi188
Ch. 12Networks and the subversion of choice : an institutionalist manifesto205
Afterword : after words231

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