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CyberParks: The Interface Between People, Places and Technology

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This book focuses on the potential of ICT to increased possibilities for new uses and elements or even types of urban open spaces, as an important added value to the quality of life, inclusiveness and atrractiveness of the city. The editors are Carlos  Smaniotto Costa, Ina  Å uklje Erjavec, Therese  Kenna, Michiel  de Lange, Konstantinos  Ioannidis, Gabriela  Maksymiuk and Martijn  de Waal and its is open access.


This open access book is about public open spaces, about people, and about the relationship between them and the role of technology in this relationship. It is about different approaches, methods, empirical studies, and concerns about a phenomenon that is increasingly being in the centre of sciences and strategies ‘“ the penetration of digital technologies in the urban space.

As the main outcome of the CyberParks Project, this book aims at fostering the understanding about the current and future interactions of the nexus people, public spaces and technology. It addresses a wide range of challenges and multidisciplinary perspectives on emerging phenomena related to the penetration of technology in people’ s lifestyles – affecting therefore the whole society, and with this, the production and use of public spaces.

Cyberparks coined the term cyberpark to describe the mediated public space, that emerging type of urban spaces where nature and cybertechnologies blend together to generate hybrid experiences and enhance quality of life.


The Unveiling Potential of Cyberparks

  • The Rationale of CyberParks and the Potential of Mediated Public Open Spaces, Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Ina Å uklje Erjavec
  • Heterotopic Landscapes: From GreenParks to Hybrid Territories, Catarina Patrício, Christoph Breser, Konstantinos Ioannidis
  • Cybercities: Mediated Public Open Spaces – A Matter of Interaction and Interfaces
    Stefan Zedlacher, Anna Khromova, Eva Savina Malinverni, Preben Hansen
  • Liveable Open Public Space – From Flaneur to Cyborg, Aleksandra Djukic, Thanos Vlastos, Viera Joklova
  • Exploring the Concept of Cyberpark: What the Experts Think, Paschalis Arvanitidis, Konstantinos Lalenis, Georgios Artopoulos, Montserrat Pallares-Barbera

Socio-Spatial Practices

  • Socio-Spatial Practices: An Introduction and Overview, Therese Kenna, Gabriela Maksymiuk
  • People – Space – Technology: An Ethnographic Approach, Marluci Menezes, Paschalis Arvanitidis, Therese Kenna, Petja Ivanova-Radovanova
  • Public Space Engagement and ICT Usage by University Students: An Exploratory Study in Three Countries, Paschalis Arvanitidis, Therese Kenna, Gabriela Maksymiuk
  • Teenagers’ Perception of Public Spaces and Their Practices in ICTs Uses
    Marluci Menezes, Paschalis Arvanitidis, Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Zvi Weinstein
  • Challenging Methods and Results Obtained from User-Generated Content in Barcelona’ s Public Open Spaces, Montserrat Pallares-Barbera, Elena Masala, Jugoslav Jokovic, Aleksandra Djukic, Xavier Albacete
  • Social Implications of New Mediated Spaces: The Need for a Rethought Design Approach, Antoine Zammit, Therese Kenna, Gabriela Maksymiuk

Programming and Activating Cyberparks

  • Programming and Activating Cyberparks: An Introduction and Overview, Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal
  • Smart Citizens in the Hackable City: On the Datafication, Playfulness, and Making of Urban Public Spaces Through Digital Art, Michiel de Lange, KÃ¥re Synnes, Gerald Leindecker
  • Using ICT in the Management of Public Open Space as a Commons, Georgios Artopoulos, Paschalis Arvanitidis, Sari Suomalainen
  • Revealing the Potential of Public Places: Adding a New Digital Layer to the Existing Thematic Gardens in Thessaloniki Waterfront, Tatiana Ruchinskaya, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Kinga Kimic
  • Cyberpark, a New Medium of Human Associations, a Component of Urban Resilience, Konstantinos Lalenis, Balkiz Yapicioglou, Petja Ivanova-Radovanova
  • A Spotlight of Co-creation and Inclusiveness of Public Open Spaces, Ina Å uklje Erjavec, Tatiana Ruchinskaya
  • CyberParks Songs and Stories – Enriching Public Spaces with Localized Culture Heritage Material such as Digitized Songs and Stories, KÃ¥re Synnes, Georgios Artopoulos, Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Marluci Menezes, Gaia Redaelli

Digital Hybrids – Between Tool and Methods

  • Digital Hybrids – Between Tool and Methods: An Introduction and Overview, Konstantinos Ioannidis, Carlos Smaniotto Costa
  • Methodological Approaches to Reflect on the Relationships Between People, Spaces, Technologies, Barbora ÄŒakovská, Mária Bihuňová, Preben Hansen, Ernesto Marcheggiani, Andrea Galli
  • Modelling Co-creation Ecosystem for Public Open Spaces, Aelita Skarzauskiene, Monika Maciuliene, Petja Ivanova-Radovanova
  • Using ICTs for the Improvement of Public Open Spaces: The Opportunity Offered by CyberParks Digital Tools, Eneko Osaba, Roberto Pierdicca, Tiago Duarte, Alfonso Bahillo, Diogo Mateus
  • A Pedagogical Model for CyberParks, Philip Bonanno, Michal Klichowski, Penelope Lister
  • The Application of Advanced IoT in Cyberparks, Jamal Raiyn, Jugoslav Jokovic

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