A transactional perspective on space

Gary H Bridge

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This paper draws on philosophical pragmatism, especially the work of John Dewey, to develop a transactional perspective on space. Transaction suggests co-constitutive, ongoing relationships between humans, non-humans, objects and environments (relationships which are in process and on a continuum, rather than sharply distinct) that involve dispersed rationalities attuned to different situations. I suggest how ideas of spatial quality might be both the medium and the outcome of these more dispersed rationalities in transactional space. The paper explores the connections between the idea of transactional space and the existing body of research on social learning, deliberative planning and urban design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304
Number of pages16
JournalInternational planning studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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