This paper is mindful of the increasingly complex mediations of public and private, and explores
theoretical constructs gleaned from architectural thought and political theory, to derive ideas that are
pertinent to our present context. It considers three models of public space, namely: physical space (via
architecture), de-institutionalised space (via Hannah Arendt) and finally de-territorialised-de-institutionalised
space (via Claude Lefort, Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau). Each model builds upon the
previous in terms of complexity, nuance, and indeed relevance.