chapter  16
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(D)urban Space as the Site of Collective Actions: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Understanding the Digital City in Africa

ByNancy Odendaal

Augmented urban space is here and now, it is immanent. High technologies have become more mobile, but also increasingly located or anyway dependant on location. Bluetooth communication which is eminently local, spanning roughly just 10 metres in its basic configurations is now embedded into most mobile phones, and can be used to foster place-bound information retrieval or interactions. Internet and the World Wide Web were in its infancy, but the nexus between telematics and the city was already very fascinating. An attention to place-making is therefore crucially important not just for "traditional", mainstream urban design and planning, but for those initiatives that aim at augmenting the city. Information and Communication Technology can add functions and services to public spaces, increasing comfort and usability and can multiply the ways spaces are used and make certain functions more accessible.