Very recently some spatial planners have discovered that ICT can have spatial effects. For knowledge-intensive companies the direct proximity of a high-quality ICT backbone or node apparently plays an important role in deciding where to set up shop, being just as important as the proximity of a motorway or a railway station. One frequently asked question is whether ICT use will strengthen or weaken cities or urban regions. Some researchers predict the demise of the city; others see huge opportunities for metropolises, while yet others see prospects for urban networks. The potential relationship between urban development and ICT applications is a strategic question for spatial planners. If ICT use does indeed lead to changes in time-space budgets – as we shall argue in this Special Issue –, this could have profound implications for the spatial processes in the housing market, the labour market and personal mobility. And, of course, for spatial planners. ICT will presumably have a deep impact on housing and urban forms, and hence will influence spatial planning strategies. This paper addresses these strategies.
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