Space and Place

Space and Place by Paulette Robinson. Original webpage now defunct.

Robinson pulls together lots of interesting sources of information in her work.

She brings up Heidegger on the concept of place:

Place is public and does not exist outside of the equipment used in the place. Place is found through region, an area of equipment. Place, therefore, can only be known through the use of equipment.

Place is the primitive space that unifies the physical and moral, a location of shapes, powers and feelings.

Community exists not by merely shared physical places, but the socio-cultural context of Dasein. It is the chora, the sensuousness of the place that nurtured the community. The sensuousness of the place was articulated through community stories or myths. Myths are the collective stories of place. It is the history of place not as object but as feeling and energy. The place is invested with value.

Place within a Space - Heidegger

Place is public and does not exist outside of the equipment used in the place. Place is found through region, an area of equipment. Place, therefore, can only be known through the use of equipment.

Place is the primitive space that unifies the physical and moral, a location of shapes, powers and feelings.

Community exists not by merely shared physical places, but the socio-cultural context of Dasein. It is the chora, the sensuousness of the place that nurtured the community. The sensuousness of the place was articulated through community stories or myths. Myths are the collective stories of place. It is the history of place not as object but as feeling and energy. The place is invested with value.

Moving Through Space - Merleau-Ponty

Merleau-Ponty (1965/1962) locates the origins of space in the movement of the body which he regards as producing space. Two of the essential features of embodied space are expressive movement and bodily orientation which result in interaction.

I am not in space and time; nor do I conceive space and time; I belong to them, my body combines with them and includes them. (Merleau-Ponty, 1965/1962, p. 139)

What counts for the orientation of the spectacle [around me] is not my body as it in fact is, as a thing in objective space, but as a system of possible actions, a virtual body with its phenomenal “place” defined by its task and situation. My body is wherever there is something to be done. (pp. 249-50)

I can imagine my body in a place inhabiting a virtual body. “So long as something is a possible habitat for a possible body, it can count as a place” (Casey, 1997, p. 233).

Robinson claims it is possible for us to imagine ourselves somewhere with the aid of the digital technologies and thus create a place. This is consistent with Heidegger's notion of available use. By creating a virtual enviroment online we create the availability of tools and resources just like a place that occupies space and territory.