"In a culture best identified by its uncompromising commitment to individual rights, enlightened self-interest, and the icon of the self-made person, any discussion of a life lived in place and in common with others will seem quaint, romantic, idealistic, and thoroughly backward looking. But we forget, or never knew, that there is an alternative view of human nature that sees membership in a community as the central feature of a successful and prosperous life." William Vitek
A space that is an integral part and an extension of thenatural world around it, yet reveals the individuality of those who reside there and allows people to interact meaningfully to create a deep sense of belonging.
Marilyn Finnemore Importance of Place
Spaces of such temporary, transient activity as to not have the significance to be regarded as “places”; coined by French anthropologist Marc Augé, who wrote Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995). “Marc Augé coined the term . . . to describe specific kinds of spaces . . . designed to be passed through or consumed rather than appropriated, and retaining little or no trace of our engagement with them.”1
1 Emer O’Beirne, “Mapping the Non-Lieu in Marc Augé’s Writings,” Forum for Modern Language Studies 42, no. 1 (2006). (↑)
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