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.

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