Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems

Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems

by Olivier Coutard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415324580

ISBN-13: 9780415324588

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Cities are increasingly dependent on technological networks of telecommunications, transportation, energy, and water supply and are also the milieux in which the technological, economic, and social prerequisites for the development of such networks exist. In this work, Coutard (French National Center for Scientific Research, Laboratoire Techniques Territiores Societes

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Cities are increasingly dependent on technological networks of telecommunications, transportation, energy, and water supply and are also the milieux in which the technological, economic, and social prerequisites for the development of such networks exist. In this work, Coutard (French National Center for Scientific Research, Laboratoire Techniques Territiores Societes, France), Hanley (editor, Journal of Urban Technology), Zimmerman (planning and public administration, New York U.) present twelve chapters analyzing a range of questions associated with the relationship between cities and technological networks, including the functional dependence of cities on infrastructure systems, the social dynamics associated with network establishment and expansion, and issues of social and spatial access to basic utility services. Specific topics include institutional and organizational issues of water supply service in Delhi, India; diffusion of information technologies among lower- income groups in Lima, Peru; spatial aspects of Internet access in San Francisco. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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

Part 1. Networks and the Development of Cities. Chapter 2. Gig@City: The Rise of Technological Networks in Daily Life. Chapter 3. "Internetting" Downtown San Francisco: Digital Space Meets Urban Place. Chapter 4. Urban Space and the Development of Networks: A Discussion of the "Splintering Urbanism" Thesis. Part 2. Risks, Crises and the Dependence of Cities Upon Networks. Chapter 5. Social Implications of Infrastructure Network Interactions. Chapter 6. When Networks are Destabilized: User Innovation and the Uk Fuel Crisis. Part 3. Constructing and Deconstructing the Internet. Chapter 7. Internet: The Social Construction of a "Network Ideology". Chapter 8. The Diffusion of Information And Communication Technologies in Lower-Income Groups: Cabinas De Internet In Lima, Peru. Chapter 9. Living in a Network Society: The Imperative to Connect. Part 4. Networks and Sustainable Access to Water. Chapter 10. Conflicts and the Rise of Users' Participation in the Buenos Aires Water Supply Concession, 1993-2003. Chapter 11. Reforming the Municipal Water Supply Service in Delhi:Institutional and Organizational Issues. Chapter 12. Not too Much but Not too Little: The Sustainability of Urban Water Services in New York, Paris, and New Delhi. Part 5. Networks as Institutions. Chapter 13. Networks and the Subversion Of Choice: An Institutionalist Manifesto

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