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de·tach·ment the ability and practice of neo-no·mads to separate themselves from objects, people and places: S/he detaches from her/his sofa; the memories do not stick to the object when one is confronted with the problem of having to VI NA transport it. 801

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from ethnography, and nomos (which is the Greek root for pasture) – in relation to the nomad. It is the creative gathering of data while on the move using digital neo-nomadic tools and platforms such as mobile phones, geo-tagging, video, blog or videos, email threads, etc.

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clo·ning a tactic used by neo-no·mads to formulate ho·me. It means recreating identical habits and spaces in the many places in which they have a space that they inhabit regularly: S/he has cloned her/his library in both apartments in Paris and Boston.

ho·me·tel dynamic space, remotely reconfigurable and personalized via internet so to recreate a sense of ho·me and temporarily inhabited by neo-no·mads.

sam·pling a tactic used to formulate ho·me. In (electronic)

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musical terms, sampling is the appropriation – selection and recording – of sound and music bits (often part of a prior creation of another artist) for reuse and assemblage into a new musical piece. The musical analogy holds true for neo-no·mads as they sample cultures and the urban environments in which they roam for reuse in the creation of a comfortable, personal and movable space.


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involves 1. navigating the world wide web, 2. in the lineage of Ascher’s definition1, changing social groups and identities in the physical and digital world, 3. utilizing a method of associations of information and concepts or eth·no·mog·ra·phy2. 2 Ascher, F. 2000. 'La Société Hypermoderne ou Ces évènements qui nous dépassent, feignons d’en être les organisateurs' in: La Tour d’Aigues: L’Aube, Essai, reprinted 2005

dig·it·al mo·bil·ity (what we will also call hy·per·text·ing) describes the online activities of people and their alter egos (representations of the self or avatars for example), i.e. it is the navigation of digital platforms and spaces.

phys·i·cal mo·bil·ity relates to the movement of bodies, objects and spaces from a point (A) to another (B) in the physical world. It includes the physical displacements of digital devices, portable or embodied (we then become cyborgs).

1 Abbas, Y. 2006. Neo-nomads: Designing Environments for Living in the Age of Mental, Physical and Digital Mobilities. Doctor of Design Thesis: Harvard University Graduate School of Design

mo·bil·i·ties mobility

is now plural; it is at once physical, mental and digital.

men·tal mo·bil·i·ty is the shift in position of the self within spaces (physical, digital, social) and thus the transfer of meanings of spaces and the attachment to them. Mental mobility is due to cultural crossings, which are a consequence of physical and digital displacements. Naturally, physical, digital and mental mobilities intersect and are a consequence of one another; yet each kind of mobility entails specific tactics of Re: lo·ca·tion or anchoring to spaces.

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pro·to·cols of in·ter·ac·tions the organization of networks of physical, mental, and digital storage spaces. This space has a morphing quality and depends on sam·pling. See meta-ar·chi·tec·ture of sto·rage.

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establish the identity of the persons, places and objects interacting. Neo-nomads create tools and protocols of interaction to understand the culture in which they land, and to swiftly adapt to spaces.


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paraphernalia embedded with temporary personal meaning. Self-storages organize into a network. See metaar·chi·tec·ture of sto·rage.

neo-no·mads’ practice of dwelling. Neonomads dwell temporarily in spaces and places. They adhere to places via pro·to·cols of in·ter·ac·tion, sam·pling and clo·ning. The degree of stickiness to new places and spaces depends on one’s ability and tactics for re-creating ties, for coping and inscribing memory – that which makes a place ho·me. /14

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ta·xi-ci·ty urban environment made of containers (we consider vehicles, spaces, objects – such as mobile phones, and even bodies – as containers) that people appropriate for a certain amount of time, and the use of which they share with other strangers.

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still condition in which physical, mental and digital mo·bil·i·ties align and one stays in place, remains attached to one culture, and is faithful to one community.

meta-ar·chi·tec·ture of sto·rage networked architecture of self-sto·rage spaces (from external drive to basement storage). It is a spatial configuration resulting from the fact that neo-nomads do not carry all their belonging with them; they store. This represents ho·me.

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