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iSpace: principles for a phenomenology of space user in smart real estate

Lecomte, P. (2019) iSpace: principles for a phenomenology of space user in smart real estate. Journal of Property Investment and Finance, 38 (4). pp. 271-290. ISSN 1463-578X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JPIF-07-2019-0091


Purpose – As smart technologies become an integral part of real estate in smart cities, the purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of ubiquitous computing on space users in smart real estate. Design/methodology/approach – The analysis builds on two fields of knowledge rarely referenced in real estate studies: computer sciences and social sciences. The paper starts by analysing the idiosyncrasies of a new type of space user in smart real estate, known as the Cyber-dasein in reference to Heidegger’s phenomenology. The Cyber-dasein serves as an archetypical space user in smart environments. Findings – The paper introduces digital-time as a new realm of real estate, and discusses the use of “experienced utility” in hedonic pricing models of smart real estate. It concludes by advocating a multidisciplinary collaborative approach for future research on real estate in smart environments. Practical implications – There is a need for the real estate sector to decide on a metric for the new digital dimension of real estate owing to the implementation of smart technologies in the built environment. Originality/value – This is the first research paper on this important topic. It is totally original and new.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:University of Reading Malaysia
ID Code:91403
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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