|What happens to the city when fundamental elements, that had been important for the functioning of the cities so far, disappear into the cyberspace?
The two symposiums "Telepolis" in Munich and Luxembourg discussed the affects of telecommunication and the importance of computer networks with regard to the urban living space. Towns and cities have always had the function of providing high-speed and varied means of communication and interaction between people due to the close proximity of those living there. And yet this function now appears to be gradually drifting towards that of computer-network.
"Within this network, each and everyone of us is present in the form of possibility" (Vilém Flusser).
Will the city die when the place of communication becomes more and more insignificant? How does the Cyberspace affect the modern city? Which part does the public space play in the telematic city? These and many more questions were discussed by media theorists, critics in architecture, sociologists, experts in the fields of employment and social affairs, cyber-architects, web-editors, media artists and authors.
Among the speakers were such well known persons as Manuel Castells, Boris Groys, Rolf Kreibich, Leon Krier, Daniel Libeskind, Martin Pawley, Walter Prigge, Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), Florian Rötzer, Ken Sakamura, Saskia Sassen, Michael Sorkin, Albert Speer, and Terry J. Wyatt.