Infrastructure has yet to catch up with the progress of information technology, but when it does, the result will produce something like the V-Pole. The color-banded lamppost's appeal goes far deeper than its bright stripey appearance, extending to its subterranean optical wiring and its broad-reaching wireless signals.
Douglas Coupland presents his idea as a method to streamline the streets and increase efficiency and convenience of the Vancouverite lifestyle. The V-Pole proposal suggests the integration of LED roadside lighting with paid parking, electric vehicle charging and Wi-Fi in an innovative package with a tiny footprint.
Many of the streetlamps would be accompanied by curbside sensors on which cars can be parked. The various utilities of the V-Pole would be engineered into short cylinders and stacked into the columns as required for individual regions.