The sidewalks of Jane Jacobs

It happens, on April 25, 2006 we had a news item about Ronaldinho's state of mind, as I remember, at that time he was very happy and very much loved for being at Barça, however very few people knew about the death of Ronaldinho. Jane Jacobsa Canadian writer and architect, who in 1961 revolutionized the way of thinking about cities, inverting the traditional way of understanding them as something of a "city". top to bottomIn a hierarchical structure, we are going to rethink them as something from bottom to topthat is, as an emergent process. In 1961 Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Half a century later, his proposals are even more valid, and not only that, but they help us to understand the mechanisms governing phenomena that Jacobs did not know about, such as collective intelligence on the Internet, or the globalization of capital markets. In the same way that the multinational executives who in 2000 postulated: Markets are conversations (first point of the Cluetrain manifesto), Jane Jacobs, from the point of view of urban planning, proposed the multiple utility of the sidewalks of the cities, among other things, these serve to exchange information, at each step, in each person or thing that we cross on the street, we see something that we assimilate and interpret in our own way, they are small gestures that, multiplied by the number of inhabitants, and by the time, suppose an immense information chrorro that deforms the structure of the city itself.

There are other models, such as the anthill, or in general, the infrastructures created by gregarious animals, that help us understand the phenomenon of emergence, which is essential for understanding the 21st century. If we confine ourselves to the concentration of power, and the influence of the decisions of this oligarchy on the bulk of the population, for example, it will be impossible for us to understand the irruption of Internet social networks in our lives, and we must not lose sight of the fact that social networks are part of what is called Internet 2.0, and I believe that there will be Internet 3.0, 4.0,... and so on until at least 14.0 at least.


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