Information Technology
Networked Economy
Does the new networked economy have important design and development
implications for cities in the developing world? Or is it a non-event
for them?
William J. Mitchell
Response to Networked Economy
It does so, since it changes our patterns of useage of the urban spaces in a city. One of the most important factors that affect the development scheme of a city is the economical actions that take place in the city. However, as the citizens employ the network in order to buy and sell, many urban and architectural spaces loose their meaning. The chat rooms, or e-squares take the place of the squares, markets are carried to the virtual medium, clubs and social organizations leave their places to the social type-muds. So development and design of a city is under the effect of a complete transformation process. All the social relations that make up the city are transforming themselves through the new medium of existance. So once the 'living organism' turns to be just a shelter for the physical bodies of humans and their computers. It is a dead organism now.
Kutay Karabag
Response to Networked Economy
I think that as the time is passing by and the transcience is faster then it ever was, it is a difficult task for the developing countries to keep up with the world as they dont have the technology and the technical knowledge of using and developing the degital way of economy. It can be more usefull if they get the facilities, the potential is there in the people who are the city and the nation builders but as it is well known that an under developed countries has two major draw backs one is low level of skills and the other one is bad governance.
So it can be for seen that the survival will be for those who will under stand the importance of the degital age and will be able to change them accordingly other wise they will be obseleted.
so It can be said that even if it is a non-event for them it will not be for long, as it will be required for them to come with some betterment.
Aasim Tufail
Response to Networked Economy
In theory, with sufficient bandwith and related Information Infrastructure, anyone who have the required know-how can create, participate and contribute to electronically mediated environments. It seems to be a hope and at the same time an opportunity for developing countries to speed up their development, engagement and contribution to the network and to the globalisation process. Internationally organized firms, schools, institutions can increase the know-how and in doing so, the economical facilities and opportunities in developing countries by means of (a)synchronous knowledge transfer possibilities.

On the other hand, without sufficient Network Infrastructure (the case for most developing countries), full participation cannot be achieved, which can cause a one-sided dominance and development in the Network, where developing and even developed countries may just be receivers, who aren't self-reliant and may can get in the end wholly 'collonised'.

Therefore, according to my opinion, priority in developing countries should be given to Network Infrastructure instead to military services and equipment. The network opportunities should be cheap and available to anyone (from the poor to the rich), in order to benefit from the new telecommunication systems equally and to be able to compete, contribute and participate in the shrinking, new virtual world order. Only in that way evolving network economies can have positive design and development implications for the developing world.
Imdat As
Networked Economy
The impact of the Network on Cities isnt as negative nor as conceptual as it is being made out to be. It is affecting the environment in measurable and essentially beneficial ways.

While initially the internet seems to have sucked people into their homes in a non-social way, it is slowly emerging as a glue to bind people through community oriented activity. It serves to bring people of like interests together, enabling them to take action in interacting with the city in a more meaningful way..

The larger change may be due to its eventual effect on the way the workplace and jobs are affected by its pervasiveness, and the end result this will have on the Way we work.

The next shift in computing - and networks - is to make it hidden and embedded in our environment. On the surface this may have virtually no impact on structures, but for people it will mean that they shall "come out" of their shells and access / interact in the Open, giving the city a breath of fresh activity and usefullness..

The task at hand is not to worry about cities being deserted, but rather, how can architects embed and incorporate the upcoming pervasiveness of computing!
Mustafa Zafar


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