Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

Trauma and Rebuilding in the Digital Electronic Era

05/13/2002, 5:30, 10-485
William J. Mitchell
Anthony J. Townsend

When cities have suffered major destruction in the past, through fire, earthquake, bombing, and so on, the physical rebuilding task has involved (1) recreating network infrastructure -- transportation networks, water supply, etc., and (2) replacing residential, commercial, industrial, and other floor space supported by that infrastructure. The task of reconstructing Lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks obviously has these aspects, but there are some additional ones as well. First, the reconstruction of digital telecommunications networks is now a critically important infrastructure issue -- particularly given the nature of the enterprises that were displaced. This reconstruction began to unfold almost instantly, since such networks -- particularly the Internet -- are increasingly designed to be self-repairing, and to route automatically around damage. Secondly, at least some of the dispersal of enterprises that followed September 11 may turn out to be irreversible; to reduce future vulnerability, displaced enterprises may choose greater dispersal and facility redundancy, supported by sophisticated electronic telecommunications, rather than return to place all their eggs in one basket.

Mitchell and Townsend explore the new conditions and strategies of urban rebuilding in the digital electronic era, examine what has actually happened in Manhattan so far, and make some suggestions about achieving high levels of urban resilience in the future.

School of Architecture and Planning, Joint Program in City Design and Development

T11597

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated 6 months ago

Created
November 07, 2011 14:53
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
2326 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Leadership Lessons Learned on the Firing Line

Leadership Lessons Learned on the F...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:55:12 | 2604 views

How the Brain Encodes Reward

How the Brain Encodes Reward

Added over 3 years ago | 00:51:02 | 5198 views

Iraq and North Korea: A Former Insider Assesses U.S. Policy

Iraq and North Korea: A Former Insi...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:35:00 | 1948 views

Diversity and Inclusion: Building a Solution Worthy of MIT

Diversity and Inclusion: Building a...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:03:00 | 3201 views

Autism Research: Progress and Promises

Autism Research: Progress and Promises

Added over 3 years ago | 00:43:07 | 5513 views

The Charles River Parklands - Reclaiming the Legacy

The Charles River Parklands - Recla...

Added over 3 years ago | 02:05:00 | 2689 views