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From Bricks and Mortar to Mega-Bytes and Mega-Pixels: The Changing Landscape of the Impact of Technology and Innovation on Urban Development

The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 11, pp. 42-4/43-1, Fall 2010/Winter 2011

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10 of 2011-2012

18 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2011 Last revised: 19 Aug 2014

Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: November 1, 2010

Abstract

This article reflects upon the impact that technology and innovation has had on urban development. From NASA's Landstat program, to Google maps and GPS, technlogy has had a significant impact on urban planning and land use law. The article begins with a discussion of the impact of the elevator and steel technologies on urban architecture and density, and then moves to changes in transportation such as the automobile and the development of public transportation systems. Green buildings, GIS, satellite data, online mapping, personal computers, the Internet and cell phones are all examined.

Keywords: urban planning, technology, GIS, GPS, green buildings, cell phones, transportation, urban architecture, Landstat, land use law, zoning

JEL Classification: K11, K32

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia, From Bricks and Mortar to Mega-Bytes and Mega-Pixels: The Changing Landscape of the Impact of Technology and Innovation on Urban Development (November 1, 2010). The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 11, pp. 42-4/43-1, Fall 2010/Winter 2011; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10 of 2011-2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1856192

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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