Posts Tagged ‘ Space ’

Raum als limitierender Faktor für gesellschaftliche Entwicklung – Die besonderen räumlichen Herausforderungen an die Bürgergesellschaft und Verwaltung der Stadt Wörth am Rhein

Mai 21st, 2015 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

Everyday life in human society is severely influenced by geographic settings, since individual and social ac-tivities as well as interactions unfold in specific places. They define the real space of a “Lebensraum”. The geographic or structural dissection of this space can hamper the evolvement of a civil public spirit – society then appears as dissected as the space. The city of Wörth am Rhein with four geographically completely separated municipal areas serves as an example for geographically complex urban spaces with the respective social, public and administrative challenges. The author provides an in depth analysis of the problem and shows possible approaches to overcome social dissection.

Raum als Schicksal? Geografie, Territorium und Landschaft bescheren seinen Bewohnern unterschiedliche Infrastrukturen, Sicherheitszonen und Lebenschancen

Dez 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Sociohistorical analysis, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

Space is a fundamental category for any form of power. It is also a medium of social relations, articulated as physical and symbolic distance. The production and control of space is thus crucial to any execution of power, representing its potency, reproducing its social order, and neutralizing and naturalizing its objectives through planning processes that lead to a specific physical layout. Any claim to power and property manifests and institutionalizes itself in the act of territorialization. Infrastructure is a prominent practice of the organization of space. It formed a specific understanding of boundaries, zone of security and means of separation: interior/exterior, private/public, legal/illegal.
There have been many voices claiming, that the decisive borders of today’s social order can no longer be defined in space thanks to the impact of new media and the advent of the information and telecommunications revolution. This is seemingly true but geography still matters like Carl John A. Agnew said in the early eighties. So a closer look inspired especially by Carl Schmitt and his famous remarks post WK II in Der Nomos der Welt bears witness not only a massive fragmentation of the landscape but also the production of hermetic spaces and territorial and legal islands.

Die Macht des geografischen Raums – Auch nach gut hundert Jahren sind Halford J. Mackinders Aussagen zum „geografischen Drehpunkt der Geschichte“ von überraschend politischer Relevanz

Dez 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Submitted Invited Papers

The English geographer Sir Halford Mackinder ended his famous 1904 article, “The Geographical Pivot of History,” with a disturbing reference to China. He posited that the Chinese, should they expand their power well beyond their borders, “might constitute the yellow peril to the world’s freedom.” Leaving aside the sentiment’s racism, which was common for the era, nearly a hundred years ago Mackinder’s statement gives us a surprising view of enormous political actuality in geopolitics, which was denied for a couple of decades in Western Europe, especially in Germany.

The Journey to (No-)where — Constructing Place in a Space of Placelessness

Nov 9th, 2009 | By | Category: Evolution, Spatial concepts, Topics

We live in an interwoven world of temporal relations where our lives are embedded in a ceaseless process of unforeseeable changes. As we engage in this matrix of evolving links and interchanges, we continually reposition ourselves. This paper argues that place materializes not through the forces of a Vitruvian firmitas, but in a continuum of temporal relations, where place is to be found in the notion of moving points, animated by different forces that interact with one another.

Fortschritt als Fraktur im frühen Science Fiction Film. Metaphorologische Überlegungen zu Auf- und Einbrüchen in LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE und LE VOYAGE À TRAVERS L`IMPOSSIBLE von G. Méliès

Sep 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Mobility, Topics, Transcultural analysis

Fantasies of man travelling into space form a main part of the popular movie genre ‘Science Fiction’. These celluloid visions are not only fantasies of improving transport, they also convey a meaning in a figurative sense. They can be seen as a modern adoption of one of humanities oldest metaphors, ‘life as a sea fare voyage’: the meaning, which was once expressed by this ‘nautical metaphor’, has been transferred and can nowadays be found in films, which show astro-nauts crossing the frontier from known space into the unknown space. In order to conclude on their attitude towards technological progress in the early 20th century, the two oldest space travel movies, Le Voyage dans la Lune (F 1902) and Le Voyage a Travers L’Impossible (F 1904) will be analyzed.

Fliegerblick 1914

Mai 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Transcultural analysis

The view from above, closely related to modern artistic perception, was new in respect to specific dynamic and irritation. This was caused by movement in three dimensions, and by sensory
deprivation when flying at night and in clouds. The collision between the user surface of flight instruments and the senses had to be tackled. There was a new perception and new semantics of the earth and of the landscape of the clouds, harking back to a European cultural tradition.
This created and spread a new kind of sensitivity, combining the lying machine, machine-induced perceptions and images of nature, and resulting in a techno-hybrid aesthetics.

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