Heterotopic Landscapes: From GreenParks to Hybrid Territories

Catarina Patrício Leitão, Christoph Breser, Konstantinos Ioannidis

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This chapter develops an interest in clarifying the meaning of cyberparks through an interrogation beyond its material preconditions. A cyberpark, as a fold in space generated by a hybrid emergent form of co-mediated space, is a disjunctive combination: it presupposes an encounter between open public urban places and the use of ICT tools. Outstretched beyond its physical manifestation as a place of encounter, a «heterotopic» reading might reveal that the subject is displaced in many different ways, from the analogue to the digital landscape, and from the specificity of the local to the universal of the global web. It is in such transferences that several worlds blend, both in its symbolic function and social significance. Impacts of such «Other Spaces» on the nature of human being’s behaviours can be critically reflected by the consideration of the social role of ICTs as tools of alienation through reinforced governances. Hence the question of creating «non-places» arouses, affording both a consensual appropriation process and the representative commodity networks, that henceforth includes natural, technical and human aspects and at the same time constitutes hybrid identities at the interfaces of its users, subjects, objects and places.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyberParks
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interface Between People, Places and Technology
EditorsCarlos Smaniotto Costa, Ina Šuklje Erjavec, Therese Kenna
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-13417-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-13416-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Heterotopia Non-place Technology Experience Hybrid-place


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