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The invisible mobilization : from online activism towards public space

The existing mechanisms of collective deliberation in urban, national, international, global space are in an embryonic state. Inefficient, inaccessible, inexistent, these devices obstruct the functioning of the political systems of democracy. In 2011, the revolution in the Arab world, the 15M movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement, the sphere of online activism (re)entered into the sphere of global public space. The efficiency of its devices shown in the mobilization, organization and collective construction opened a new possible universe, of the invisible mobilization.

Taking this phenomenon as an example, the dissertation studies how its function, its uses, its features and its technologies could be transferred to the public sphere. By deconstructing and reconstructing the relationship between technology and its use, the pattern of the invisible mobilization is completed in its physical and virtual dimensions.

Overall, the invisible mobilization and the architecture project New Technologies in Istanbul form a sphere which articulates different forms of public space at different scales: urban, national, international and global. This joint does not create in a concentrical way, but rather in a transversal multidirectional way. The figure of this political act is to fill the pockets left empty by the spherical systems of representative democracy with ephemeral forms of direct democracy.

About alexandru senciuc

I am an architect in the pursuit of research and innovation in collective intelligence and healthcare planning. Currently, I work as an architect at Medical Architecture and a MPhil/PhD Student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

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