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This article demanding situations the assumption that towns will ultimately disappear as territorial types of social association as new details applied sciences enable the articulation of social tactics with no regard for distance, arguing that the explicit function of towns becomes extra very important, and offering dynamic and artistic dating be equipped up among the neighborhood and the worldwide. during this manner, towns will stay the point of interest of social association, political administration and cultural expression, outfitted to house the large social and environmental difficulties of urbanization.

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However, though the Asian Pacific looks set to become the main industrial centre in the world economy as well as one of its financial centres and probably the largest market of the future, it has a weak point: its extreme dependence on outside supplies of energy and natural resources. That dependence, which is already evident in the case of Japan, will become more marked as the development of China begins to call for a level of resources that is way above what is available in China itself, and even in excess of the productive capacities of its main present-day suppliers, particularly Indonesia.

Based on the new technological infrastructure, the process of globalizing the economy and communication has changed the way we produce, consume, manage, inform and think. Not every economic or cultural activity in the world is global. In fact, by far the greater part of that activity, in terms of the proportion of participants, is local or regional in its sphere. However, the 31 strategically dominant activities, at all levels, are organized in global decision-making and exchange networks, from financial markets to audiovisual messages.

All these activities have something in common: they are flows of information and knowledge (Norman, 1993). Consequently, on the basis of a highly developed telecommunications system, they could be located anywhere on the planet. However, numerous empirical studies have concluded that the new pattern for the spatial location of advanced services is characterized by its being at once concentrated and dispersed: the important feature is its inter-relation through a flow network (Graham, 1994; Moss, 1987).

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