Urbanism at our Information Age

The entry of new digital tools in our daily life has brought new layers to it. Most of the population in the Western world owns a smartphone, which gives them access to a sea of ​​information and endless possibilities, which is all immediately available. We have new tools to be conducted in the open urban space and the built environment.

Our mobile devices have applications that help us perform daily activities and enrich them with new layers, For example; communication between the individual and groups, orientation in space, effective use of public transportation, finding a job, managing business and social contacts, finding romantic relationships, visual documentation of social situations, culinary activities, space and more…

The political life receives new layers as well, where previously politicians would come to the town square to communicate with voters, today the candidate's Facebook page is the way to convey their messages to the public.

At the same time, these new digital tools are raising the number of people going to rallies. Information and agenda are exposed to a large audience quickly. Bottom-up actions create some alternative activities in public spaces. Digital tools also enable proactive digital games in town.