The swarm and the city

Unlike the preceding technologies of the industrial age, mobile information technologies will not result in a "physical upheaval" in the urban environment, but in cities with "a better metabolism." Nicolas Nova has more. As he points out, the really interesting idea is that the information infrastructure of cities is being continually redrawn - cities possess a virtual infrastructure at least as important as the highways and buildings that dot the map. Urbanists must understand this swarm intelligence or fail to understand a vital component of the emerging urban landscape.