Transport, communications and urban form cover an overlapping area of rising academic and practical concern. This paper traces several of the many themes brought together under different professional banners, and shows how a confluence of interest is emerging. The themes are the developments in urban planning analysis, transport and time use studies, telecommunications and industrial location, all of which contribute to the area of locational effects of improved telecommunications technology, and are affected by alterations in the nature of work and the uses made of time by individuals. The convergence of geographical, planning, transportation and communication developments now requires explicit investigation, as the timings of technological and theoretical developments appear to coincide with the emergence of a significant need to do so. Some of the gaps between present knowledge and expertise that need to be filed are specified. These include the investigation of the testing and use of current land use integrated analyses for road and development assessment, investigation of the nature and characteristics of work and education which are most affected by telecommunications and computer support, development of longitudinal monitoring methods for overall urban development leading indicators, exploitation of newly-available cross-sectional household and city data sets in conjunction with historical data for longitudinal investigations and forward projections, accounting for altered family structure and activity patterns and the anticipation and assessment of probable further technological change, which can and will undermine many current long term commitments.

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    Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

    Kluwer Academic Pub Group, Distribution Center, P.O. Box 322
    3300 AH Dordrecht,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • WIGAN, M R
  • Publication Date: 1987

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  • Pagination: p. 395-417
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  • Accession Number: 00475904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM