How Does Technology Affect The Urban Place

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The housing we live today, the city environment we live today, the transportation we take today and even the public services we take as granted today were all developed when time goes by with adequate urban planning. In module 1-4, the course director Lewis Code showed us the historical growth and development of urban places so we can better understand the reason behind of all these changes around the cities over years. For the rest of this essay, I will analyze the four important concepts I have learned in module 1-4 and link the discussions with the impact of technology on urban places. The four concepts are: industrial revolution, transportation, modern Central Business District and modern city.

Lewis first shows us Industrial Revolution
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Society stratification had been developed into more categories than pre-industrial. As the cities grew, people faced more problems in pollution, disease and crime so the municipal government has been created to regulate the city. Technology was seen as the solutions to fix all these problems causing by city revolution. Lewis mentioned we must first recognize the history of the urban places revolution that impacted our present day city; otherwise we would not be able to understand how technology transforms our city in terms of structure and function of urban places. Then Lewis discussed about the transportation innovations which is essential in trade functions and the outward urban development from the core of the city. In the video “Arteries of New York City”, we can see that transportation innovations allow people to live in suburbs but work in the core of the city. Many infrastructures had been built to accommodate different transportations which require adequate planning. Besides moving people out of the core of city, transportation innovations had also solved the problem of traffic jams. If all vehicles go on the street and the city’s space is limited, there would be no room for vehicles to …show more content…
Everything we take granted today was slowly developed with technology and bring us to another era one after another when new technology implemented. Refer back to module 1 when Lewis mentioned the four perspectives on technology and city, I see dystopianism after studying about the industrial revolution and the modern city transformation. Transportation innovations, physical infrastructures, spatial planning, housing, social services were fully supported by government, but why government is willing to develop the city? The reason behind could be related to political, social, globalization factors, but the true reason behind the improvement must be: to facilitate the process of capital accumulation. Without capital, city cannot continue to grow because living in a scarcity we have to accept money rules the world and it controls the technology we can have today. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The technology innovations must give some sort of profitability to entrepreneurs in order for them to continue the

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