Accessibility in a Wired World

The information society is bringing about fundamental spatial and temporal changes in the organization of human activity. Current urban models are no longer capable of representing spatial structures and behaviors of a wired society. These models are based on physical notions of distance and connectivity that are inadequate to understanding these new forms of structures and behaviors. Physical accessibility is still important, but telecommunications and information technologies are dramatically modifying and expanding the scope of this core geographic concept. Paradoxically, GIS is a product of this new information society, and yet it remains rooted in traditional modes of geographical representation. While the conceptual issues are relevant at all geographic scales, we propose to focus on the urban scale in order to create special synergies of need and expertise that fit especially well into the Varenius framework. 

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