Erehwon: A Digital Platform for Empowering Sociopolitical Interventions in Public Space

  • Beatriz CantinhoEmail author
  • Mariza Dima
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society book series (PSGCS)


In this chapter we introduce Erewhon, a work-in-progress practice-led research project that aims to create a digital commons space and platform for connecting and supporting communities of people who initiate sociopolitical interventions in public space. The platform consists of an interactive cartography of these types of projects, co-designed through a series of workshops with different communities of interest in a way that offers to their projects different forms of visibility. It also allows the viewer to trace, in the visualization, a project’s progress, its contaminations, size, collaborations, and duration, and its interconnections with the other projects. This chapter describes our theoretical framework, discusses our research and design methodology, and presents and reflects on the outcomes of the practical research.



The authors would like to thank the Queen Mary University of London Humanities and Social Sciences Collaboration fund for funding part of this research; the Osso Cultural Association and for providing spaces, publicity, and technical assistance throughout the project; the Lisbon Architecture Triennale for hosting the workshop in Lisbon; Creativeworks London; and all the other people that have contributed to the project so far. Many thanks go to all the workshop participants for their useful insights and enthusiasm, to the radio talk invitees, and to the developers of the alpha prototype of the platform.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  2. 2.Brunel University LondonLondonUK

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