New technologies for a new order informacional | Marc Chalamanch

Photography: Marc Chalamanch, New York, 2011

Our lives develop concerning the new technologies of the information and the communication (TIC) turned – in a few years – in driving tools of a global transformation; technologies from which the new paradigm structures informacional1, axis of a development where the networks of global cities and the connections that join them are the engine of the global world. Estas nuevas tecnologías permiten una comunicación constante entre nodos-ciudad impulsores del desarrollo del sistema números en el-que encontramos. Vivimos inmersos en incomo nuevas redes de comunicación que estructuran nuestra sociedad de forma permanente y ubicua, un través de incomo tecnologías de naturaleza plástica y basadas flexible código en el-abierto, pero mismo Al-tiempo sometidas un nuevo neodarwinismo, ahora informacional.Las están del TIC basadas desarrollo en el-de la microelectrónica y la nanotecnología, así como en la biotecnología, avances estos permiten la construcción de una Sociedad capaz Rojo de vencer los límites del tiempo y del espacio histórico precedente. De esta manera estamos superando la forma de organizarnos de era de una que industrial, hasta hace poco, impregnaba todas las esferas de la actividad humana.

These new technologies have the aptitude to expand and to get in all the areas of our life, up to turning into the raw material of which numbers we nourish as company. They believe networks informacionales that are organized permanently while promote the convergence towards a concentrated and included system, and one the time that fragmented and decentralized.

The Company Network centres his to develop into the aptitude to be organized of local form then to manage to be recognized globally; a company where the institutions, the organizations and the social actors meet forced to reformularse to be kept in the center of the social debate. It is in this context that we meet obliged to re-define our paper as as civil, in a democracy that meets pushed to open new spaces for the participation. We think in front of new relational networks that they allow us to be active actors of the paradigmatic changes through that we live.

Now they are the users of the new technologies, and in his set the company and his economic fabric, which make evolve and establish the usefulness capable of transforming our company. At the same time they are the same technologies those that force us to create a new pedagogy informacional, from how we appropriate and use, and with the knowledge of which they are the origin of good part of the cultural, organizational and institutional transformations that we are experiencing. A few technological advances that us are sold as tools of communication without end, in a new world of progress without limit. While, his “sellers” use his complexity as alibi to justify a confused freedom in an included world, which always is westernized. Behind the apparent freedom that they transfer, across the exchange of information, there appears the gag of the need and of the unattainable speed of constant change to whom they us force to continue. A need that – before of solving problems – what they do is simply to displace them, thanks to the new technologies. This unattainable speed is now the one that divides the world between slow and rapid, where it dominates the dictatorship of the short time2.

Since individuals we are in front of some TIC that of gradual and constant form is replacing the communication of masses and to his communication paradigms of the industrialism. A formula established in the construction of managerial oligopolies of the communication, which are based on the emission of an unidirectional message directed a hearing mass only is allowed to which to listen. To obtain this transformation we are forced to exercise actively a permanent exercise of critical sense and of intellectual curiosity towards these new technologies. We are appropriating individually of the communication of masses to turn into personal issuers of information and knowledge into a collaborative environment into network.

From this position, we have to be participants of the construction of a company that uses these technologies to generate interconnections and to create networks in a world dominated by the exchange of information and knowledge. Where as persons and individual identities we form a part of this network of nodes from our knowledge, interests and desires. We can give for the idea overcome that Marshall McLuhan and B.R. Powers develops in the book Global Village3, where there is felt a future in which the new systems of communication would overcome the specificities of the local thing, the particular thing and the entity, that is to say, of the notion of culture and with it the notion of the space that is constituted as expression of the identity, the place4.

With the paradigmatic changes through that we are living we have could turn the TIC into tools capable of creating science, art and social innovation. Driving tools of the development of one new order informacional where the social, cultural and educational mediation allows to be constructed by them, with the use of the digital platforms, an environment of democratic strengthening opposite the current democracy of market.

Marc Chalamanch, architect.
Barcelona, january 2014.


1 CASTELLS, Manuel (2011), La sociedad red: Una visión global. Madrid: AlianzaEditorial. The term company network was coined in 1991 by Jan van Dijk in his work De Netwerkmaatschappij (The Company Network) – though undoubtedly the one who has contributed to his major development and popularization has been Manuel Castells in The Company Network, the first volume of his trilogy The Age of the Information.

2 MATTELART, Armand (2002), Historia de la sociedad de la información, Barcelona: Paidós.

3 McLUHAN, Marshall y POWERS, Bruce R. (1990), La Aldea Global, Gedisa S.A.,Barcelona.

4 CASTELLS, Manuel (1998), Article “Public spaces in lasociedad of the information” Manuel Castells, published in VVAA, Ciutat real, ciutat ideal. Significat i funció a l’espai urbàmodern, “Urbanitats” number 7, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Barcelona 1998.

Marc Chalamanch

Es co-fundador del estudio de arquitectura y urbanismo ARCHIKUBIK Arquitecto y Urbanista licenciado por la ETSA de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Máster universitario «Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento» en la UOC (Universidad Abierta de Catalunya).

Su investigación académica, apoyada en su experiencia profesional, va dirigida al análisis de la transformación de la ciudad con sus actores, problemáticas y retos en la Sociedad Red.

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