Looking at the conditions of post war urbanism requires immersion into the technologies and instruments that have molded the growth and image of the city. By exploring and documenting the infrastructure and land use patterns we can begin to understand the development of the contemporary and future city.
This cellular tower survey is an on going research
into the radio networks of los Angeles, where over four million citizens are
now connected to the cellular phone network. Through the individual itineraries
of its citizens Los Angles reinvents itself daily, creating an ephemeral urban
identity in its airwaves. The boundaries of the city are blurring further
as the interactions that used to happen in face to face transactions have
now been transplanted by distance shrinking telephone conversations, e-mail
and network connections. With communication being freed from the confines
of the land-based systems and adapted to the body (palm-sized mobile phones,
pda’s and laptop computers) the individual is able to leap beyond previous
spatial barriers to create their own connections. Where the telephone used
to create a comfortable spatial distance, today our next call could be coming
from the other side of the world or from a cell phone outside our window.
No longer do physical territory, or socially engrained values define a city,
but the will of its citizens. The city changes daily, rearranging itself to
the rhythms of its citizens, each creating their own city through the windshield,
the computer monitor and cell phone.