Technology, Space & Place: IT tools for shaping the built environment

A new publication from RUDI in association with the Building Centre’s Digital Cities Exhibition

In the last 20 years, computers and technology have revolutionised the built environment sector. The impact of technology on all aspects of placemaking is enormous – affecting professionals, policy makers and communities alike.

Release date 25th November 2008
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Express yourself: RUDI's online forum provides a platfrom for frank debate on all placemaking issues. New topics weekly

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this week's forum: crime and planning

The kind of places that would be built, if the fear of crime is embedded as a primary consideration, would be horrific, intolerable and starts with the chopping down of trees to allow the sweep of the CCTV system, moves on to the elimination of all soft landscaping, the closing of alleys jitties and ginnels, the installation of bright lights, the erection of barriers, the enclosure of public streets in private malls, and the celebration of the cul-de-sac...

So says David Lock, UK-based urban designer and theorist (see RUDI's urban agenda forum topic). But what do YOU say? Join RUDI's FORUM and express yourself. Its FREE to use you just need to login to participate. It's the place to get your views across to more than 10,000 urban design and placemaking professionals. Make a difference!