the network is the urban
site before us, an invitation to design and construct the city of bits,
this new settlement will
turn classical categories inside out
and will reconstruct the
discourse in which architects have engaged from classical times until now
this will be a city unrooted
to any definite spot on the surface of the earth,
shaped by connectivity and
bandwidth constraints rather than by accessibility and land values,
largely asynchronous in
and inhabited by disembodied
and fragmented subjects who exist as collections of aliases and agents.
its places will be constructed
virtually by software instead of physically from stones
and timbers, and
they will be connected by logical linkages
rather than by doors, passageways, and streets.
how shall we shape it?
del libro city of
bits' de william j. mitchell
are sites of information work-specialized places where numbers, words,
and sometimes pictures are collected, stored, transformed, and disseminated.
So their tissue is mostly composed of
desks equipped with information-handling
devices (telephones, computers, fax machines, printers,
file cabinets, inboxes and outboxes, and the like),
From the economist's viewpoint,
they are locations where value is added to information.
meeting and conference rooms,
copying centers and mailrooms,
and circulation spaces.
city of bits' de william j. mitchell