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Future of the streets

Dear All,

According to Michael Batty “by the year of 2050 everything around us will be some form of computer” In fact today we can mentioned about the computerized highway systems, smart vehicles and buildings etc. Again Batty pointed out that by the mid 21 st century cars will be computers, building will be computers, entire cities will be computers. That is so fascinating. With the fast rising of information technology cyber-city is accelerating faster than real urban space.

An another flash issue written by Stephen Graham about telecommunication and cities. He discusses in his issue - Imagining the Real Time City, Telecommunications, Urban Paradigms and Future of Cities- the ignorance of how telecommunications are involved the urban change in urban studies by urban planners and other proffessionals, cyberspace utopias and telecommunications and urban futures.

In the near future we all will become the components of the both virtual and real urban life. Where will we stand out? Will communication technology affect the urban development?

It is hard to say something spesific about the future of our cities. No doubt that different cities will be evolved in a different way due to their cultural, political and geopolitical differences.

We observe the decline of street and loss of life on them. The streets of course have an remarkable role on the urban life as the place of ceremonies, riots and protests, leisure activities, places where the people interact and communicate themselves.

In more privatized and materialized world most of the roles of streets that I mentioned above is collapsed and turned out to be channels for traffic and paths to provide individuals to reach their homes. This creates the alienization from the real world and public spaces. Cybercpace presents individual some opportunities such as buying and selling, for leisure, for work and for host of activities without moving anywhere. In cyberspace yo can being in all places while not really being anywhere. In cybercity or cyber village applications anologic models of a small town is created and includes all kinds of physical land use functions. To connect and achieve these activities you do not need to design or construct streets. Now fiberoptic cables and computer interface are the information highways to serve the cybercity.

I do not say the impacts of new technologies are the most important factor that demolish the urban street life. Still impacts of automobile and speculations upon urban land are the prime factors that creates the decline of urban streets today. Any comments about the future of streets would be much more helpful.