City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn

City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn

by William J. Mitchell


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Entertaining, concise, and relentlessly probing, City of Bits is a comprehensive introduction to a new type of city, an increasingly important system of virtual spaces interconnected by the information superhighway. William Mitchell makes extensive use of practical examples and illustrations in a technically well-grounded yet accessible examination of architecture and urbanism in the context of the digital telecommunications revolution, the ongoing miniaturization of electronics, the commodification of bits, and the growing domination of software over materialized form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262133098
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

William J. Mitchell was the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences and directed the Smart Cities research group at MIT's Media Lab.

Table of Contents

Pulling Glass
Electronic Agoras
Cyborg Citizens
Recombinant Architecture
Soft Cities
Bit Biz
Getting to the Good Bits
Notes 175(34)
Surf Sites 209(6)
Acknowledgments 215(2)
Index 217

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"Winston Churchill once said that we make our buildings and our buildings make us.

With refreshing wit and lucid writing, Mitchell succeeds in updating that aphorism for the computer age." John W. Verity Business Week

The MIT Press

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