Radically constructing 'place'

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Place—what it means to be somewhere, or to be from somewhere—is a common thread running through the many systemic crises of our time. Place is a value under threat from globalisation, gentrification, networked technologies, human conflict and environmental disasters. At the same time, it is an underlying cause of some of the political and social tensions that are intertwined with these issues. Within architectural theory, place is strongly associated with phenomenology, the foundations of which are entangled with the sort of nativist politics that is currently resurgent around the world. In this working paper, I outline an alternative approach to place as a way to address its double-edged quality, building on Ernst von Glasersfeld’s radically constructivist interpretation of Jean Piaget. In doing so, I establish points of connection between architectural discourse on place and the cybernetic foundations of systemic design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium
EditorsSilvia Barbero
Place of PublicationTurin, Italy
PublisherSystemic Design Association
Pages563-570
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
EventRelating Systems Thinking and Design 7: Challenging complexity by Systemic Design towards sustainability - Lingotto campus, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018
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ConferenceRelating Systems Thinking and Design 7
Abbreviated titleRSD7
CountryItaly
CityTorino
Period24/10/1826/10/18
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Sweeting, B. (2018). Radically constructing 'place'. In S. Barbero (Ed.), Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium (pp. 563-570). Turin, Italy: Systemic Design Association.
Sweeting, Ben. / Radically constructing 'place'. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium. editor / Silvia Barbero. Turin, Italy : Systemic Design Association, 2018. pp. 563-570
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Sweeting B. Radically constructing 'place'. In Barbero S, editor, Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium. Turin, Italy: Systemic Design Association. 2018. p. 563-570