Geographers are only just starting to theorize and study the emerging phenomenon of cyber- space. City of Bits, however, is one of the few works about . City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn. William J. Mitchell; Emerging World Cities in Pacific Asia. Fu-chen Lo and Yue-man Yeung, editors. City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn. William J. Mitchell, Author MIT Press (MA) $20 (p) ISBN

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Jul 31, John McElhenney rated it infobhn was amazing. Jill rated it liked it Jul 26, Given the rapid technological progress that had occurred since the publication of the book, reading the author’s descriptions of now ordinary processes like emailing, teleconferencing, or online shopping is rather boring.

City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn by William J. Mitchell

With this interactive site, Mitchell, dean of architecture and planning at M. Lance Knobel rated it liked it Jul 15, Dec 04, Yuri Artibise rated it liked it Shelves: This book is in my “books-to-read” wishlist. Dendy Dm rated it it was amazing May 10, An interface that depends on ‘cryptic commands,’ pf Mitchell, ‘is as much a barrier to most people as is a flight of steps to a park user in a wheelchair. Since the cost of a high-bandwidth cable connection grows with distance, information hot spots often develop around high-capacity data sources, much as oases grow up around wells.

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I was inspired to write my first table of contents for “my internet book” as a result of reading this book.

City of Bits: Space, Place And The Infobahn

To see what your friends thought of this imfobahn, please sign up. The consequences of this are brutally obvious. Saurabh rated it it was amazing Mar 16, The seven chapters are amply hyperlinked, reviews will be posted on an ongoing basis, and readers are invited to leave comments, to which the author may respond.

If the value of real estate in the traditional urban fabric is determined by location, location, location, as property pundits never tire of repeatingthen the value of a network connection is determined by bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. A friend of mine was plae, he said, “I already knew all this stuff. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Eventually, however, the book must be read.

City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn

Published July 25th an Mit Press first published June 1st Trivia About City of Bits: Books by William J. Mostly boring to read 20 years later because so many of these predictions were just true and are now commonplace.

Lists with This Book. Here Mitchell is more realistic: Finally, as parks and squares must be attractive to all, so should the public areas of cyberspace. Mitchell even provides the URLs to hundreds of ‘surf sites’ that cover subjects from advertising to the World Wide Web.


Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life. Space, Place, and the Infobahn by William J. Entertaining, concise, and relentlessly probing, City of Bits is a comprehensive introduction to a new type of city, an increasingly important system of virtual spaces interconnected by the information superhighway.

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It’s simple; if you cannot get bits on and off in sufficient quantity, you cannot directly benefit from the Net. Get to Know The Spacw.

Mitchell’s concerns over social equity and access to cyberspace are still relevant challenges to this day despite the updates in technologies. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It was required reading for a grad school seminar that became recreational at the same time Overall, it was a thoughtful piece and a decent read.

Kinan rated it it was amazing Jul 03, Space, Place And The Infobahn. Interesting, provocative, yet also appropriately skeptical.