The Impact of Information Communication Technology on Urban Spatial Structure: a Recombinant Urban Design Approach

Document Type : مقاله کوتاه


1 PhD Student, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Iran University of Science and Technology

2 Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University

3 PhD Student, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University


Recombinant Urban Design takes its inspiration from genetics. In genetics, recombination is the rearrangement of genetic material, especially by crossing over in chromosomes or by the artificial joining of DNA segments. Similarly, in this approach urban design is also defined as a process for recombination of three urban genetic materials, i.e. armature, enclave, and heterotopias. The impact of Information Communication Technology (ICT) on urban spatial structure is constantly increasingly as ICT simultaneously plays the role of all three urban genetic materials, while facilitating and speeding interchange through virtual networks. New geographical opportunities thus created are diverse and multiple. Definition of urban functional zones of work, recreation, and residence will therefore experience a transmutation. Nevertheless, ICT will not transfer all these functions to the realm of virtual, but will rather complement and diversify their opportunities—opportunities which urban design should not neglect.

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