Observing the Impact of Locative Media on the Public Space of Contemporary Cities

Enqi Weng


The concept of public space in contemporary cities is vastly different from what Habermas (1991) conceptualized initially as today we have virtual platforms that engage with us constantly. With the increasing digitization of our postmodern society, communities are able to migrate onto a virtual platform to form imagined social relations across time and spatial distances, enabled by social media and mobile devices equipped with GPS functions. Locative media features on Google Maps and Facebook provide the means to connect communities with their physical and virtual locations. This article examines the impact of the relationship that communities have with their concepts of space in our present-day cities and the issues that arise in their negotiations to define their physical and virtual territories.


locative media, Facebook, Google Maps, public space

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