Happen to come across this chapter by Stavros Stavrides in the book Loose Space which had escaped me:
Stavrides, S. (2006) ‘Heterotopias and the Experience of Porous Urban Space’ in Loose Space Eds. K. Franck and Q. Stevens. London: Taylor and Francis pp 174-192.
“Instead of thinking of social identities as bounded regions one can consider them as interdependent and communicating areas. In an effort to describe urban space as a process rather than a series of physical entities, we can discover practices that oppose a dominant will to fix spatial meanings and uses. These practices mould space and create new spatial articulations since they tend to produce threshold spaces, those in-between areas that relate rather than separate. Urban porosity may be the result of such practices that perforate a secluding perimeter, providing us with an alternative model to the modern city of urban enclaves. A city of thresholds could thus represent the spatiality of a public culture of mutually aware, interdependent and involved identities”.
2 June 2015