[Research] Space and Place criticism
Brown, B. and Perry, M. (2002). Of maps and guidebooks: designing geographical technologies. In Proceedings of the ACM conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques, pages 246 – 254, London, UK. ACM Press: NY.
Brown and Perry criticizes here the notion of 'Space and Place' defined by Harrison and Dourish (1996). According to D&H, a place is "a space which as a meaning".
"Specifically, to call something a “place”, brings attention to its located, embodied, personal, human nature. And to call something “space” is to bring attention to its abstract, objective, global, general, inhuman qualities. A tension is therefore then set up between “place” and “space”, the difference between these terms bringing out the conflict between (respectively) the local and the contingent and the abstract and distributed. (...) place and space are strictly geographical – ‘space’ refers to the abstract processes that organise and arrange the material world. Place refers to the fact that we never escape the everyday physical world we live in: we still walk down the same streets every day, even if the organisation of cities into streets can be described more abstractly as a historical process which has developed over many years."