Casey (history of place as a philosophical concept)
Calvino (a short excerpt from a short novel, you can all read this as well as another text)
De Certeau (a philosopher thinking about the difference between space and place)
Entrikin (thinking about place in relation to other spatial and regional concepts in geography)
Wortham-Galvin (a critic looking at ideas of place-making)
Question of the week for all!
From the author you are reading what are the key characteristics defining "place"?
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Casey, E. S. (1998) Disappearing places, from The fate of place, a philosophical history. Berkley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, ix-xv
1- Identify some reasons why Casey believes that the idea of place has been hidden in philosophical discourse, both historically and in more recent times. (your should find at least 4).
2- What does Casey mean by the term universalism? Give an example. Why is this detrimental to place based thinking?
3- Casey says that disruption to a place, in the aftershock, can bring about "a revitalized sensitivity to place". He gives the possibility of nuclear annihilation as an example. Can you think of some historical examples where this new sensitivity to place might have occurred in this way?
4- Casey says that even the 'virtual' can provide elements of a place based experience, and can make us feel 'in place' though physically distant. Think of a virtual experience that you frequently have (online banking / computer gaming / using mobile phone) and analyse it in terms of providing a place based experience.
Calvino, Italo. (1972) Invisible Cities. Harcourt, Orlando Florida. 10-11, 88-89
All read and answer question of week!
De Certeau, M. (1984) Spatial Stories. From The Practice of everyday life. Berkely: University of California Press. 115-130. (Start at page 117, end at new section on page 122)
1- List the attributes on place and the attributes of space in terms of De Certeau's analysis.
2- What do stories do in terms of places and spaces?
3- Summarise the difference between maps and itineraries.
4- De Certeau identifies an important historical change in mapping practices. What is this change, why did it occur and why does De Certeau think it is important?
Entriken, J. N. (1991). Chapter 2 The Betweeness of Place. From The Betweeness of Place. London: Macmillan. 6-26
1-What is the difficulty does Entriken identify with a 'scientific' point of view of place?
2-Describe the two opposing positions for viewing place that Entriken describes.
3- On page 11 Entriken uses the term "semantic density". He gives Jonestown and Chernobyl as examples. Think of another example.
4- Under the section Specificity Entriken discussed the unique view of place and the fused view of place. Summarise these ideas.
5- What useful synthesis does Entriken see narrative as having the potential to do?
Wortham-Galvin, B.D. (2008) Mythologies of placemaking. Places: forum of design for the public realm. Vol. 20, No. 1. 32-39
1- Wortham-Galvin suggests a number of motives for the enactment of place. What are these? Locate some visual material of examples. (Hint, think advertising.)
2- What does the term tabula rasa mean? Why is this an important concept in terms of the example of North America that this author discusses?
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