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By Rob Shields

This ebook effectively illuminates those embedded studies, wondering the way to comprehend house as a a number of, dynamic, intangible, but current, kind of wisdom. construction from a historical past of philosopher's and geographer's theories of house, Rob Shields convincingly offers the significance of spatialization and cultural topology in social conception and the chances that lies inside those theoretical tools.

Innovative and thought-provoking, this ebook is going past conventional principles of time and house, trying to comprehend the multiplicity of spatializations and relate them to our daily life.

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The “socialisation” of whatever precedes society’ (Lefebvre, 1991b: 190). ‘L’espace’ is produced but not as a ‘thing among other things’: ‘(Social) space [L’espace (social)] is ... an outcome of a sequence and set of operations ... itself the outcome of past actions, social space [L’espace social] is what permits fresh actions to occur, whilst suggesting others and prohibiting yet others’ including production, consumption and knowledge or meaning (Lefebvre, 1991b: 73; cf. Lefebvre, 1981b: 88–9).

Indd 25 18/06/2013 5:52:52 PM 26 spatial questions may contract and time stands still experientially. What Lefebvre could have produced would unknot the heterodox quality he values in any place. This reflects the diversity of intentionalities and plans, intersecting flows and relations to other places, and remnants of past moments taken up again in current social action and spatial projects. This allows the space itself to be understood as non-unified and heterological, multidimensional and evolving in different ways at the same time.

Virtualisation is a creative process of questioning which opens up problem frames to critically question cultural formations, ‘the way things happen’. Virtualisation moves from situations (‘l’actuel’) to create problems (in the sense of a problematique) – a knot of ‘constraint and finality that inspires our acts’ (Lévy, 1998: 174). 5 But it troubles any simple negation because it introduces multiplicity into the otherwise fixed category of the real. The tangible, actually real phenomena cease to be the sole, hegemonic examples of ‘reality’.

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