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SPACE exists from the scale of the detail to the scale of the city. Spaces are not only physical; there are also ideological spaces and spatial practices. A synthesis of spaces (real and virtual) renders place.
site (n) – the intersection of a physical construction and its ground, including its cultural (ideological), and haptic (lived) space.
Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space (Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1991), 51.
W.G. Clark, “Writings,” in Clark and Menefee, Richard Jensen (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), 13.
smooth and striated (adj) – oppositional ways of perceiving space: as nomadic or sedentary, unknown or known, immeasurable or measurable, amorphous or rational, etc. It is important to recognize that the grid striates and orders the city, yet its flows and spatial practices are smooth. Thus, the smooth and the striated only exist in proportion to each other.
“The primary determination of nomads is to occupy and hold a smooth space.” in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, trans. Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987), 410.
social space/the production of space (n/v) – a spatial triad of conceived space (the symbolic, ideal space of a map or plan), perceived space (optical, physical, architectural space), and lived space (haptic space). A social space must fulfill the triad to endure.
Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space (Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1991), 38-9.

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September 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

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