Space
Appropriation



 


/speɪs/
[noun]
A continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied.

/əˌprəʊprɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
[noun]
The action of appropriating something; the deliberate reworking of images and styles from earlier, well-known works of art.



 


From space to place: An act of in-common appropriation is a powerful claim. It is about “marking a territory” [1] by setting up landmarks and boundaries in order to give a meaning to a space. According to many specialists, the appropriation process as a reciprocal exchange or “a mutually transformative process” [2] - which shapes both the place and the individual(s) - is central to the construction of the group itself [2] - as a social unity - as well as to the organization of its daily routine.

[1] Perla Serfaty Garzon, “L'appropriation”, Dictionnaire critique de l'habitat et du logement, Ed. A. Colin, Paris, 2003, pp. 27-30.
[2] Henk de Haan, “Social and Material Appropriation of Neighborhood space : Collective space and resistance in a Dutch urban community”, Paper for the international conference “Doing, thinking, feeling home : the mental geography of residential environments”, 2005.
Lefebvre, H. The production of space, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1991



 


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