Berkeley Planning Journal
A book review of Gerrylynn K. Roberts and Philip Steadman's Pre-Industrial Cities and Technology and Gerrylynn K. Roberts and Philip Stedman's American Cities and Technology: Wilderness to Wired City
- Author(s): Mason, Jonathan
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Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/BP315111830
The growth of the Internet and the emerging ‘informational economy’ have especially stirred a renewed interest in technology’s role in urban formation, and this timely series of books from the Open University sounds an arrival of such discourses to the mainstream academic curricu- lum. The series emphasizes the relationship between technology and cities, yet it moves beyond a narrow focus on engineering innovation and technological determinism, emphasizing the importance of cultural and political factors in guiding and producing technologies.