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ArgumentNo. 1/2009

European City in the Information Age


the consequences of the Information Technology on urban space derived from the activity tpology -  characterized by spatial independence, communication time reduction, Information accessibility, leading to new spatial organization, all this changes starting from the internal organization of the city to its connection to  the territory. The city form changes to a polycentric or multi-centric form that functions as a whole, highly structured by the major network traffic. This new urban structure is a network structure, resulting in a organism characterized by spatial independece, mixed functions, typological variety.

The way in which European city is affected by the consequences of ICT evolution, are discussed in the context of globalization, the worldwide trend ofuniformity and loss of identity threat. Information society produces a new economic, social and cultural context that places the heritage in the center of process of industrialization (of information and communication). The paradox is that in  "information society era", the culture is the heart of economic development, also constitutes the best guarantee for creating an identity for Europe. Culture and heritage are prime factors for the establishment or strengthening of an identity, to enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness. In a society where the emphasis is on access to information and knowledge, the heritage must be accessible to everybody.


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