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å Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Y definition of Space vs Place

From Wiley-Blackwell Guide to Human Geography

… According to Yi Fu Tuan, specialist in human geography, “The ideas ‘space’ and ‘place’ require each other for definition:

“Space is more abstract than place. What begins as undifferentiated space becomes ‘place’ as we get to know it better and endow it with value. … From the security and stability of place we are aware of the openness, freedom, and threat of space, and vice versa. Furthermore, if we think of space as that which allows movement, then place is pause; each pause in movement makes it possible for location to be transformed into place.

In Tuan’s view…place refers to the process by which every day life is inscribed in space and given meaning for specific groups of people and their organizations. P’ace is thus created from space when people care about it, either positively or negatively— when they invested with their time, money, fear, anxiety, love, and antagonism. This is what Tuan means when he describes place as a “field of care” and distinguishes it from the more impersonalized arena of space. Although places are typically perceived as local, due primarily to the sense of familiarity that we associate with them, there is no inherent reason to limit our thinking to this scale. “Place exists at different scales” Tuan writes, “at one extreme a favorite armchair is a place, at the other extreme the whole earth.”

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Y Useful Links for Unit 12

This is an abbreviated view of some of the primary principles discussed in Lucy Lippard’s Book Lure of the Local. Please read!

The Wooster Collective: a blog from a team of folks in Brooklyn who keep track of interesting Street Art

This is an event taking place Oct 2–4 in NY but you for sure must at least read about it if you cant actually go.

Miranda July’s Hallway vimeo

A Must read: Laurie Anderson, at the Armory, New Yorker article

RI Resources / Recycling. Go here for cool stuff/ junk / materials

Storm King Sculpture Park (near DIA Beacon)

Dia Beacon (amazing contemporary art musuem, Beacon, NY)

MassMOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)

Art21 great PBS series on contemporary art and design

Pentagram has many inspiring exhibit and environmental projects

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