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Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces$
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Nikos Papastergiadis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208920

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208920.001.0001

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Digital Public Infrastructures for Creative Communities

Digital Public Infrastructures for Creative Communities

The Case of the Quartier des Spectacles

(p.95) 6 Digital Public Infrastructures for Creative Communities
Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces

Claude Fortin

Kate Hennessy

Carman Neustaedter

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter investigates the potential for new forms of social and civic interaction to be enabled when the notion of the public good is economically and philosophically applied to locative media. It also explores the possible forms that interactive digital technologies might take when embedded within shared public spaces. This is achieved using a multisited ethnographic approach to a case study of Quartier des Spectacles, a digital urban infrastructure in Montreal Canada. The authors argue that insofar as Quartier des Spectacles has successfully prioritized social over private returns, it provides a useful model for the future development of digital public infrastructures, which both closes the gap between top-down and bottom up approaches to interactive technology design, and more effectively meets the needs of end users.

Keywords:   Digital public infrastructure, Quartier des Spectacles, Public goods, Locative media, Common goods, Global public goods, Local public goods

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