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Marching Towards Cyber City – A Planning Perspective

S.P. Sekar *

Spread of Cities on account of technological advancement in transportation and telecommunications and myriad of other factors has challenged the “Distance Decay” concept vis-ŕ-vis the size and spatial distribution of urban areas though zeroing of “time and space” distance are yet to be realized in reality. Emergence of the concept of “Cyber City” slowly and potentially turns tangible, hard and materialistic city into intangible, soft and eternal one. This leads to a radical thinking of the way city works. In the context of “Cyber City” becoming inevitable, how far it would make the activities to “foot loose” on location as against the traditional distance decay function? This study focusing on classifying the sensitivity of land-use pattern and social interaction that would come into play on the invading world of “Cyber City”. It is also to account the urban knowledge in the context of spatial structure of cities. This study aimed to investigate various components of Cyber City that causes flexibility over “physical distance” and “time” in making interactions of activities in the city-space; also to suggest a methodology to capture urban knowledge on long term basis over changing characteristics of city-space with varying exposure of Cyber City. The growing sensitivity of Cyber City are measured one, in terms of size and frequency of usage of digital network and its trends with the attributes that would likely to explain the group-wise characteristics on the adoption of Cyber City tools; second identification of sensitivity of changes in land-use pattern; third, the changing nature of social interaction through digital network or otherwise and its efficacy on social value as well as implications on urban planning process.

* Dr.S.P. Sekar, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai 600 025, INDIA
Introduction of information technology had considerable amount of shift in consolidating the understanding of the urban form. The actual physical context become more negligible, spatially virtually people are interacting on cyber space. This manifestation of information technology as Cyber City has many implications on city activities and city planning. People need not move that often; offices, shops, market can be located with less physical access but with better digital access. A research focused on classifying the sensitivity of landuse pattern on the introduction of Cyber City would be an asset in the direction of consolidating urban knowledge in the context of spatial structure of cities.
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