Places are events (instantiations of space and time); they gather people, things, ideas, memories, etc. (Casey 1996, Ethington 2007). Though place emerges from and entails the making of boundaries and has often been associated with fixedness in contrast to the mobility of space, it is constituted through both internal movements and movements that cross it (Cresswell 2014). As an evolving articulation of multiple flows and trajectories in space-time, it is hardly limited to the exclusionary, essentializing forms of identity that its “defenders” frequently champion (Massey 1994 and 2005). At the same time, such ideological claims, often written into the physical landscape, continue to constitute important elements within deep/thick maps of places.
These varied definitions make clear that place can be both subjective and objective -- it is “between,” as J. Nicholas Entrikin (1991) puts it. Bodies and Structures uses place in all of these senses. It is not merely a point on a map (though it is also that). It can also be an affect, a relationship, and a site on a variety of scales. Users can explore place through its different components. We mark specific locales through geotagging (latitude and longitude) and specifying particular sites (e.g. Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo's Nihonbashi neighborhood; "Osaka" -- though these are as much loci of meaning as neutral toponyms); page titles and/or URLs, etc.). Relative location appears in different ways for different modules, for example with pages that describe points within a given spatiality (e.g., as one point within a network of knowledge circulation or an itinerary of travel). Relative location also appears in the context of the Scalar architecture itself, as in the case of the place of a page within a given pathway or within a given tag (e.g., "Page 1 in XX Pathway"; 1 of 2 subtags of "Spatialities"). Individual modules also address essence or senses of place as historical representations of the authentic or essential character of places, while the tag PLACE - #Meaning makes it possible to explore a variety of expressions of place-sense in multiple historical contexts.
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- Agnew, "Representing Space"
- Ethington, “Placing the Past"
- Casey, “How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time"
- Cresswell, In Place/Out of Place
- Cresswell, Place: An Introduction
- Entrikin, The Betweenness of Place
- Massey, “A Global Sense of Place”
- Massey, For Space
- Tuan, “Space and Place"