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04 APRIL 2006

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Journeys To The Same Place

"Omnitopia enacts an architectural and perceptual enclave whose apparently distinct locales (and locals) convey inhabitants to a singular place. An imperfect amalgam of Greek and Latin roots constructing an 'all–place,' the term draws its lineage from utopia (non–place) and heterotopia (other–place) to reveal the shift from singular totalizing narratives to overlapping contradictory narratives. A key distinction from heterotopia, however, is omnitopia's shift from separate locale (park, church, graveyard, motel) to complete enclosure that approximates all of urbanity. This enclosure does not reside elsewhere, but 'everywhere.' Heterotopia offers a social safety valve from public life. Omnitopia, on the other hand, constructs a synecdoche of the world, one that is necessarily and strategically incomplete. While the 'entire world' cannot reside within the omnitopian enclosure, one encounters enough of the world to ignore what has been elided. The archetypal omnitopian may be the traveler who flows from international airport to atrium hotel to enclosed shopping mall to theme restaurant to yet another international airport – all without ever walking the streets. Moreover, as our archetypal omnitopian flows from airport to airport, she or he comes to experience them as terminals to the same place."
(Andrew F. Wood)

Wood, Andrew. (2003). A rhetoric of ubiquity: Terminal space as omnitopia. Communication Theory, 13(3), 324–344.



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08 OCTOBER 2003

Kevin Hetherington: Heterotopia & Social Ordering

"Heterotopia are places of otherness, whose otherness is established through a relationship of difference with other sites, such that their presence either provides an unsettling of spatial and social relations or an alternative representation of spatial and social relations. –pp.8 The Palais Royal, with its coffee–houses, gardens, arcades and theatres, was the epitome of a heterotopia that played a significant role in the emergence of modern society in France at the time of the French Revolution. It can be read as one of the first sites in which the utopics of modernity, the ambivalent interplay of freedom and control, were expressed. This is reflected in both the social composition of its visitors and the openness of access and social mixing that it encouraged and its significance to the events of the French Revolution."
(Kevin Hetherington, p.17)

Hetherington, Kevin. 1997 The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering, London, UK: Routledge.



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