In approximately 150 years, technologically assisted or mediated communication has altered concepts of work and home, public and private, urbanity and community. At times, mediated communication has become a substitute for interaction with others, while sometimes a distanced mediated mode has become the preferred mode. There is a connection between urban design and communication, between public space and media technology. Spaces are being modified and expropriated by developments in communication technology. Every media development alters the availability and nature of traditional private and public place. The newspaper influenced and defined, in part, the barbershop, the village green,and the café. The telephone shaped the division of home and work place. Radio altered the experiences of the living room, the car and the doctor's office. The computer keyboard opens up distant retrievable vistas in cyberspace. This paper superimposes a communication analysis of urban design and proposes an environmental planning paradigm integrating media technology and human social values by coordinating the physical landscape with the changing communication landscape. A survey of relevant communication theories will be provided and ethnographic methodology employed to explore the relationship of media and architecture in an age in which beepers, headsets, cellular phones and laptop computers have taken to the streets and an era in which many turn to a life lived in the spatial realm of cyberspace.