8 Bricks versus clicks: planning for the digital economy

Andrew Gillespie, Simon Marvin and Nick Green

Introduction

The hyperbole and speculation associated with the e-commerce revolution is no new phenomenon. Pioneering technologies from railways to automobiles, electricity to the telephone, have been greeted with an expectation that they will completely transform people's lives. Early readings of new technologies show a marked tendency to both exaggerate and simplify their impacts on society.1 The central question of this chapter is actually rather simple: how does e-commerce shape the physical environment of cities? The answer is less straightforward, but what we aim to do is take a closer look at e-commerce and better understand its environmental ...

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