Embedding an Ecology Notion in the Social Production of Urban Space

Embedding an Ecology Notion in the Social Production of Urban Space

Helen Klaebe (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Barbara Adkins (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Marcus Foth (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Greg Hearn (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch139
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This chapter defines, explores and Illustrates research at the intersection of people, place and technology in cities. First, we theorise the notion of ecology in the social production of space to continue our response to the quest of making sense of an environment characterised by different stakeholders and actors as well as technical, social and discursive elements that operate across dynamic time and space constraints. Second, we describe and rationalise our research approach, which is designed to illuminate the processes at play in the social production of space from three different perspectives. We illustrate the application of our model in a discussion of a case study of community networking and community engagement in an Australian urban renewal site. Three specific interventions that are loosely positioned at the exchange of each perspective are then discussed in detail, namely: Sharing Stories; Social Patchwork and History Lines; and City Flocks.

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