Urban Landscape and Technological Development

Enache, C.I., 2012, Urban Landscape and Technological Development, in: Dabija, A.-M., ‘Challenges within the Built Environment’, Editura Universitara “Ion Mincu”, Bucharest

  • Author : Enache, C.I.
  • Year : 2012
  • English Title : Urban Landscape and Technological Development
  • Published in Book : Challenges within the Built Environment
  • Pages : 39-47
  • Abstract in English : The current society introduces new parameters in the existing problems. The technological development shapes the civilization and changes in this way values, needs, aspirations, trends. The priorities and the context are modified. Manuel Castels said that at the end of the twentieth century emerged "a new, informational way of development: based on the convergence through interaction between information technology and information processing activities in a technical – organisational system". Since the period of the industrial revolution debut we have entered into a cycle of accelerated evolution until the present – moment characterized by a process of continuous innovation. The problem that arises is a synchronization issue; because the rhythm of evolution of a city is undoubtedly slower than the technological evolution. The city is the place where are articulated various programs, rhythms, the memory of technical systems development. A brief delimitation of the general context would be a world of paradoxes, where old symbols try to find new meanings in a dematerialized space, searching and creating new meanings and identities. Very important is the awareness of the moment – that we are in a transitional period at the beginning of a reconsideration of values, hierarchies and functions of urban organism. It is a perception of the place as an information source – evolving opportunities, the understanding of the need of individual identity (identity that must be expressed in the urban form), the removal of the phenomenon of alienation that the existing urban framework it causes at the physical, social, behavioral level. It is essential to understand the relationship place - city, the relation between the anthropogenic settlement and configurative framework that characterize the site as well of the connections in the territory that it offers. Because in the space – time synthesis context the place has its own process of evolution, representing a receiver of information and networking, being indirectly influenced by environmental changes, by society and implicit needs evolution, by priorities hierarchy change.