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Abstract

This paper is concerned with heterogeneity and the notion of boundaries within systems design. It uses case study material to identify sources of heterogeneity and to understand how these are oriented to within the practicalities of design work. A key concept for analysing work practices is the notion of place. The paper analyses the qualities of the places in which design work takes place (regionalisation, neutrality, specificity) and explores in how far these places allow membership in multiple worlds.

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