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By : Hugo Priemus

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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