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The Undelivered Promise of Urbanism

Matthias Rudolf Brust, Christian Medeiros Adriano.

We find ourselves in a great urbane crisis in the history of the human evolution. Technology has placed in our hands almost unlimited power at the very same moment. Just to name a few examples, we are presently at never seen consumption levels of earth unrenewable resources, live cost in some cities is completely detached from life comfort, and people have never been so alone and scared of other people than in our metropolis. The global village is becoming an undeliverable promise.

Technological advancement makes clear that the environment and not the humans are changing, and through the environmental changes might not alter human genes, changes in their conditions might permit humans to realize many more of their innate capabilities than before.
Thus, we have to ask if delinquency, destitution, housing shortage, unemployment, depression, aggression, etc. just are individual states caused by personal or political situations and decisions? Or ask, how far environment altering has part on it?
This paper illustrates how urbanism has immense influences on human life. Such influences stem from the innovation cycle from scientific to technological to economical to political to sociological and, finally, to educational changes. Furthermore, it points out some ideas of how urbanism work can integrate already existing technologies for increased environment altering quality


Matthias Rudolf Brust  (Germany)

Christian Medeiros Department of Computer Science
University of Trier

Matthias Rudolf Brust obtained a BA degree in Computer Science at the University of Trier, Germany, in 1999. He continued his postgraduate studies at the University of Trier and at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics, Brazil, and in 2002 obtained his Master of Science.

Christian Medeiros Adriano  (Brazil)

  • Urbanism
  • Mankind
  • Evolution
  • Technological progress
  • Global village

(Virtual Presentation, English)