First, the description of interplace is dependent on what may be labelled as places – as interplace in this line of thinking is considered to be created thanks to the places around it.

Second, it is important to be aware of the changes that takes place over time, as interplace should most likely not be regarded as constant – on the contrary, it is to be expected that, over time, interplace will either develop into places or disappear; remember that nobody can own the interplace.

Third, this way of understanding the local environment implies being aware that the interplace may be where inhabitants take the role of micro-actor reconsidering black boxes. Hence, in interplace it may be possible to comprehend how micro-actors become macro-actors.

Accordingly, one way of indicating an interplace would be where triggers for learning are found, which in the case study occurred when an organization was new; when an existing organization did something unusual; or when there was some kind of conflict (Stenberg 2004: 231).

What is Interplace?

‘Interplace’ is a concept developed in research on urban planning in Sweden, with a specific focus on citizen participation in planning processes (Stenberg 2004).