City, space and place in the digital age
: an analysis of how technology shapes our everyday experience of space in cities : a case-study analysis of a coworking space - Second Home Lisbon

  • Ana Rita Mendonça Leal Gameiro Folgado (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The aim of this dissertation is the analysis of how technology shapes our everydayexperience of space in cities. Focusing on a new urban typology, the coworking space, itlooks towards emerging practices, and new patterns of behaviour, shaped or mediated bytechnology. Current literature projects an increasingly greater impact of technology onsociety, ranging from the very concept of ‘smart cities’ to the manner in which personaldevices seamlessly integrate into our lives.In order to access this impact, the current work relied on the case-study analysis of acoworking space – Second Home Lisbon – which stands out in the local context for its uniquespatiality and strong cultural programme. After the elaboration of the theoretical framework,documental analysis provided a complete recognition of the object, and finally, in situobservational research was undertaken for a month, and a members’ survey was conducted.For the observational research process, a grid of analysis was developed, consisting ofseveral categories: privacy, community, mobility, communication, cooperation, and legacypatterns. It was argued that all these categories have a spatial underpinning and, in additionto informing on a specific layer of the object, they also constitute relevant dimensions ofeveryday life, which have potentially been affected by technology.As a conclusion, this work highlights the contradiction between the apparent dematerializingof work and the growing number of spaces for working, asserting the importance of place,still. Furthermore, it considers that technology has affected the way we experience space,and that is seen on the coworking space on both a macro or external level, in the conceptualco-construction of the narratives of the coworking space and, on a micro or internal level, inthe manner in which people perceive and appropriate the space.
Date of Award31 May 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCarla Ganito (Supervisor)


  • Space
  • Place
  • Network society
  • Digital age
  • Smart cities
  • Coworking spaces


  • Mestrado em Estudos de Cultura

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