space, place, and importance of environment

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

This is sort of an off handed remark, but it would seem that Neha knows exatly why “place” is important and how different kinds of spaces push, pull, draw, and create tension. I believe she’s moving back to blogger.

Place is a particular kind of spatial definition and awareness, non-generalized, locatable, emotive; place is source and destination. It’s a nice reading chair, a pleasant spot under a pine tree, the space around a grave site of a loved one, it’s that one spot in the Seattle race that gives me headaches. Place is different from what Edward Casey in his book Remembering: a phenomenological studylikes to talk about as “site.”

All weblogs are “places” rather than “sites” or should be. Casey argues that we really really need “place.”


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