Reading 43 – Castells

Information flows and networks across the globe have drastically changed what it means to operate in a space. The global market has now defined major outlets for trade and communication, but this is not just a recent development. To say that architecture must respond immediately is ignoring past typologies considering the transplanting of methodologies from their place of origin to a new host. However, rather than relying on road networks for communication, the lines have opened up and spread out considerably. Communication has now become so diffuse across the airwaves that signals are found nearly anywhere. As Castells frequently mentions, this is allowing people to move out of dense urban populations and maintain communication. But this is not the end of cities. Space demands relationship in close proximity to be clearly defined. Without any sort of physical boundary, communication loses elements of its relationship to the person. But this may mean a new type of city, one where the communication lines to other major cities are developed with greater efficiencies, but virtual communication within the city is severely limited. This would then require to maintain physical relationships within space. Is this city at all viable? Or is communication to strong of a societal necessity to allow for other defining qualities?

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My final year of architecture school at the University of Calgary!
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