Information and communication technology and the part urban planners can play
At the beginning of the new millennium, information and communications technologies (ICT’s) are the centre of interest for both business and government. Increasingly, new development and urban policy is concerned with the opportunities and threats posed by the digital revolution and business and government need to respond strategically. The advantages of a proactive approach to ICT’s and the spin-off economic activity is the opportunity to create more sustainable communities which incorporate clean industry and reductions in use of non-renewable resources.
Despite recent market trends where correction in over speculative activity has seen technology stocks decline, it is still broadly accepted that the reliance on computer technology is going to continue in this digital era. This has been evident in the continuous stream of new products and applications on the market.
The complexity of the ICT industry makes it difficult to list all the trends in the ICT sector. Typically each sub-sector is subject to changing developments. The fundamental trends seem to affect all of the segments of the sector. Within these trends there can be distinctions between market trends, institutional trends and industrial trends.
Within industrial sectors there has been explosive development in the demand for telecommunications products and services. The drivers for this trend are numerous but in particular the increase penetration of the Internet and increased volumes of data transformation. Other motivators are the rapid rise in mobile Internet and wireless technology. Telecom services are under strong market forces for competitive leads. As a result, telecommunication services have become much cheaper as companies fight for market share and prices are predicted to continue to fall due to demand.
The central theme to this work will question what makes ICT influence the attractiveness of urban environments as a place to live or work, as good places for companies to locate, or as popular places for tourist to visit? How can cities benefit from the growth of the ICT sector? And what can urban management do to improve the relative attractiveness by using ICT’s?
© Copyright P.N. Wales, 2002
P. Ned Wales. "Information and communication technology and the part urban planners can play" PIA Queensland conference 2002: Now with Zen: Planning with an enlightened community. Noosa, Australia. Nov. 2002.
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