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informational city

  A term coined by Manuel Castells (1989, 1996) to describe the modern city as the outcome of three linked processes — the restructuring of capitalist firms towards more flexible network forms of organization; the growing centrality of the production and management of information in modern societies; and the growth of information technologies — which are reshaping urban time and space. In particular, informational cities both produce and must also live within a \'space of flows\' formed by information networks which simultaneously question their existence as places (see world city). (NJT)

References Castells, M. 1989: The informational city. Information technology, economic restructuring and the urban-regional process. Oxford: Blackwell. Castells, M. 1996: The rise of the network society. Oxford: Blackwell.



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