Narrative, Event and the Production of Space

47 – “The Production of Space” – Henri Lefebvre

The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre discusses a concept that space is a sociological construction and the production that present spatial practices and perceptions: “the worldwide, homogenous and monotonous architecture of the state, whether capitalist or socialist” (Pg. 179).

The Bauhaus is considered by Lefebvre as an influential architectural group to recognize the space in system info. The Bauhaus people recognized that anything could not be created independently in space whether buildings or furniture. All of them have an important correlation in space. Relationships of objects are very subtle – “It was thus no longer a question of introducing forms, functions or structures in isolation, but rather one of mastering global space by bringing forms, functions and structures together in accordance with a unitary conception” (178).

Lefebvre indicate that architecture and space are a language. Space indeed “speak” but it does not tell, and space can “read” follow the production. He also discusses the formants of abstract space. There are three elements of abstract space: the geometric formant, the optical (or visual) format and the phallic formant. However, abstract space is not homogeneous.

I agree that Lefebvre’s idea that spaces are designed to dialogue to us. However, our responses are not always correct to the space, building and environment. We are struggle in the social, economic and cultural bondage.
1. What is the most important sense in the response of the space?
2. Will the production of space be superfluous?

46 – “Situationist Space” – Tom McDonough

Tom McDonough contrasts a situanist space entitled “The Naked City” with the traditional map. This space in accordance to Paris’ urban space is not geographic reflection and is a visual perception or recuperation. It is a segmental and non-finite space. This map reflects the relationships between urban spaces and human activities. It is a social pattern than the real geography. The movement of the subjects illustrates the process of forming the situanist space. The tracks of movement are indicated by all kinds of arrows. And this process shapes the space of Pairs.

I can’t help thinking that this unique mapping is represented digitally in new innovative ways at our 21th century. Like some especial software, for example, Rhino with its plugin – grasshopper, we are using it to simulate the social activities to form the new shapes or spaces in architectural diagramming exploration. This social pattern is “not an immutable thing. It is made, it is remade, everyday; at each instant, it is modified by men’s actions” (Pg. 250). The cities derive the result of social activities, processes and relationships. And the spaces are also shaping the social forms. This passage is an important factor of the genesis. The integration of various practices by human beings changed the conceptualization and idealization of cities.

1. Is the social geography the most important factor on architectural considerations?
2. Is “The Naked City” unique or universal in all over world?


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