(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Fractal spatialities

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Real Estate Development, School of Real Estate and Planning, The University of Reading, Reading, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper argues for the use of ‘fractals’ in theorising sociospatial relations. It is argued that this notion can first pose questions about the scalar position of the observer or the grain of observation; second, as a signifier of particular attributes, it prompts observation and description of particular structuring processes; and third, the epistemic access afforded by the concept can open up possibilities for transformative interventions and thereby inform the same. The theoretical usefulness of the concept is then demonstrated by discussing the territory, place, scale, and networks model. It is suggested that a heuristic arising from a ‘fractal’ ontology can contribute to a polymorphous, as opposed to polyvalent, understanding of sociospatial relations


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 31, no4 [pp. 680-692]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/d10111

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