Participatory public space: a right to the networked city


Professor Nikos Papastergiadis
Professor Scott McQuire
Dr Danny Butt


Australia Research Council, Discovery Project




This project explores the potential for employing pervasive digital networks to deepen citizen engagement in the organization and utilization of public space. Digital networks such as Australia’s NBN are transforming the relation between communication, social agency and place. Our work focuses on the formative role of mediating factors such as professional and institutional practices, policy settings and cultural dispositions, which translate this new technological capacity into social and political outcomes. By conducting extensive fieldwork in Australia, Europe and Asia, our aim is to produce a grounded theory of the conditions under which more sustainable forms of participatory public space can be facilitated in networked cities.