What is "spacing"?

"spacing" is a browse category that came out of early discussions about the wiki project. I put the 'by love serve' image in the category because it deals dynamically with a unique usage of space that is beyond the normal usage of 'place'. It comes for me from the mix of disciplines that I think are dynamically relevant to the wiki - and hold some of it's conceptual potential. I also would put George's hump and bump concept in spacing.

The clearest delineation of this concept comes from wp: Henry Lefebvre, the French Sociologist. Lefevbre's unitary theory of space addresses mental, physical, and social space. The power of his theory is how it provides a way of dealing with important qualities of space that are often ignored in other theory or once language gets involved. Joel Stillerman (gvsu sociology professor) gives a good overview of Lefebrve's ideas about the "production of space" in his article The Politics of Space and Culture in Santiago, Chile’s Street Markets.

This category 'spacing' makes space in our structure to include and even seek out phenomena that are big in citizen's experience of the city, but don't fit the order of a directory listing, or itemization of important people or places. It is my hope that the project can serve as a device to unearth, represent, and share these factors.

The term 'spacing' is borrowed from the magazine and online project from Toronto.

Slider 21:49, 8 March 2007 (EST)

paths are "spacing"

Another example of spacing would be a favorite or remarkable route or path through town. Slider 21:53, 8 March 2007 (EST)

i think using googlemaps' line function is going to be pretty key for documenting this aspect of spacing. or, at least be a pretty useful tool. Though, part of the joy of the derive is that is often a unrepeatable experience. George 11:53, 9 March 2007 (EST)

I think a path is distinct from a derive'. And even recording a derive' on a computer is a bit odd - since the intent is to deny the ordered grid. Maybe the closest thing would be a random path - something like Ben's idea for his walk in Civic Studio's Walking Papers project in Creston. Slider 13:02, 9 March 2007 (EST)

views are 'spacing'

Remarkable or notable views are spacing. Slider 21:53, 8 March 2007 (EST)

Google Maps' Street View function would be great for this, if they ever get to Grand Rapids. Buckshot 15:28, 29 June 2007 (EDT)