The book has been incredibly useful for a few of us in thinking through the Tenison Road materials, especially the latter stages of the work where we deployed a range of devices for voting and visualising data. The book has helped us to see the Bullfrogs, physical charts and posters we’ve built as “participation technologies” (to use Noortje’s term) and reflect on how they have opened up a wider range of ways for people to engage in local and civic matters. Combined with Doreen Massey’s ideas on , we’re beginning to see the entanglements of participation and technology as a means of enacting place, and expanding the ways place is, as it were, performed. Place then comes to be something that can be actively figured through a diverse set of participation technologies.
Marres, N. (2012). Material participation: technology, the environment and everyday publics. Palgrave Macmillan.
Doreen Massey. (2005). For space. Sage.