Using Heterotopias to Characterise Interactions in Physical/Digital Spaces

Akmal, Haider and Coulton, Paul (2018) Using Heterotopias to Characterise Interactions in Physical/Digital Spaces. In: Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2018 :. Design Research Society Conference Proceedings 2018, 1 . Design Research Society, IRL, pp. 269-278. ISBN 9781912294169

[thumbnail of Using Heterotopias]
PDF (Using Heterotopias)
FINAL_Using_20Heterotopias_20to_20Characterise_20Interactions_20in_20PhysicalDigital_20Spaces.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Download (1MB)


This paper addresses the complexity of designing interactions in hybrid digital/physical spaces, in which notions of public and private are becoming increasingly blurred, by using a philosophical lens to characterise such spaces. In particular it references the ideas presented by Michel Foucault in his essay “Of Other Spaces”. It proposes the presence of a spatial division within physical and virtual, in terms of private and public, and juxtaposes them through a Heterotopical Model for Inter-Spatial Interaction through which designers can examine the coexistence of physical and digital interactions. The purpose of modelling this juxtaposition is to help designers understand the nature of connections that happen between physical and digital objects in these spaces and consider how meaningful interactions can respond to this complexity.

Item Type:
Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
?? spacesphenomenologyheterotopiaphilosophy of design ??
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
27 Feb 2018 15:54
Last Modified:
14 Jun 2024 00:04