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The V-pole and the new city, built out of our thoughts streaming through the air

July 23rd, 2012 · 8 Comments

There’s nothing the world loves more than a futuristic gadget, a truism that was illustrated when the joint endorsement of a new kind of cell-phone transmission stand by Mayor Gregor Robertson and city-defining writer Doug Coupland happened in Paris this spring.

The news of the yet-to-be-invented-as-reality concept, the V-pole, went off like a small nuclear bomb in tech-journalism circles.

Coupland captured something about the changing nature of cities when he came up with the idea, the way their infrastructure is no longer the heavy and concrete (roads, sewers, garbage disposal) but the wireless world. Which, as it turns out, needs a lot of wires.

I took a closer look at the way the city and the wireless world are coming together in this month’s Vancouver magazine, which involved a trip to the a downtown highrise rooftop that I managed not to fall off of or vomit near. (Vertigo issues) As it turns out, the V-pole will not exactly eliminate our need for more technology to support our social-networking habits. We’re all just consuming and producing too much of that intangible stuff.



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