In this paper, we shall introduce research which we have been developing for some years. The perspective of analysis is that of morphodynamic semiotics, and our subject of study is the deployment of globalisation and its impact on urban phenomena. The delimitation of this subject follows reflections concerning the four globalisations: terrestrial, maritime, aerial and virtual. We shall also show in this paper how, in the space of a cusp the city in its local (Fl) and global (Fg) dimensions is structured following the rhythm of each new technological development; by this fact, it confronts us with new modes of production of space (b) and of time (a). The globalised city obliges us to reconsider the city itself in order for us to be capable to propose a new paradigm for its future. The technological fact mentioned above has penetrated a ‘world in the World?; in other words, all of a sudden, the techno-scientific instruments arises as a ‘virtual world? on the Web, provoking a double decomposition of the notion of space, such that the individual is no longer only represented in the concrete space of the territory – local – but also in the interactive space of communication – global. Consequently, this virtual world necessarily expresses a ‘world of communication? and this world of communication is expressed in the space of our cities. As an example, I shall focus on the effects that this virtual world has on the concrete space of the city by using the example of Rem Koolhaas?s Harvard Project on the City.


Isabel Marcos

Territorial Intelligence for Multi-level Equity and Sustainability e-session