Topic “Evolution”

Jun 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Evolution, Topics

The idea of evolution, and in its wake, that of development in general, had an enormous impact on modern societies until the present day. Therefore, the development and generation of spaces inside those societies cannot be understood without conceiving them as ‘evolving’ ones. Of peculiar interest with regard to spatial concepts are the following perspectives:

  • Epistemological approaches to understand the phenomena of evolution and development. What does evolving and developing really mean, in peculiar when related to human spaces?
  • Influences of concepts originating from Biology for the interpretation of human society. Social Darwinism is merely the most prominent case; there are other connotations of evolution which still influence our basic understanding about “what a society is”, and out of it, what “truly” human spaces are ought to be.
  • Related to that, what are prevalent mindsets about evolution, development, progress, and how they influence basic practices of interpreting as well as moulding “social systems” and hence, spaces?
  • Evolution as formatting process is another important perspective. Centering on techno-evolution but not confined to the latter, since also other formatting processes can be figured out, processes related to our specific ways of life aligned to a so-called technical civilization, a form of cultural expression that is essentially driven by market and technology. Processes which had, and still have, their respective impacts on human spatiality, in particular on the social one.
  • The evolution of a new type of spatiality shall be considered, a virtual space existing in parallel to the old, physically-based one. It is about the mutual influences, which kinds of spatiality are going to emerge, and which forms of sociality.

These are the main perspectives to be pursued by this topic, and you are invited to participate.

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KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648