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special section: digital cities

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) shape the world in many ways. New ubiquitous and mobile technological urban infrastructures, essentially supported by ICTs, are the basis of these challenges to the understanding, construction and management of contemporary cities. In its next issue, urbe (Brazilian journal of urban management) will have a dedicated section with which we intend to address the dilemmas associated with physical and electronic urban spaces in the construction of what many scholars, public managers and technicians call digital cities. Digital cities may have many, perhaps even an endless number of different meanings and interpretations. The aim of this special section of urbe therefore, is to bring forth some of these meanings and try to establish their significance We would like to invite researchers to submit papers to this special section of urbe ( We welcome papers dealing with the social and historical construction of digital cities, from both a conceptual and practical point of view. Digital cities are built and managed under the influence of an emerging global urban infrastructure based on ICTs, and these experiences could enlighten and bring new ideas about the paradigmatic challenges upon contemporary cities that could be relevant to a variety of readers from urban studies, urban and social history, geography, cultural studies, architecture and urbanism, technology and society, sociology, planning, as well as practitioners working for public and private planning departments, and local authorities’ officials.

urbe publishes papers in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. Instructions for authors can be found at:

Deadline: February 15, 2011

urbe - ISSN 2175-3369 /

Call for papers URBE

inscription dates
in 15/02/2011

Rodrigo Jose Firmino
Curitiba PR Brasil


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