In much the same way that architects and planners have begun to value in-between spaces as opportunities to insert private, reflective eddies into physical spaces. The creators of applications for mobile technologies have begun to actively exploit the ways in which ambient technologies function to interpenetrate time, space and practice.
The in-between spaces of the built environment tend to be private enclaves carved out of the public arena. They are most often found in once disused and often ‘un-loved’ corners of the public domain, and more often than not they punctuate the pathways between important public venues. As such they function as opportunistic stopping points between centres of organised, collective activity.
Arguably it is the advent of mobile computing that has raised their profile, for in the presence of ambient technology these way stations become an office, a study, a consulting room, a design studio and much more. The paradox is – that in creating these eddies, we return to the once privileged spaces and find them wanting. Maybe it is time to rethink our relationship with the formally defined work-space. To move from a model in which territorial ownership regardless of need, gives way to a model which offers inhabitants the freedom to select according to activity-based needs?