honors analytic paper 5-space

honors analytic paper 5-space - Analytic Paper#5 Lefebvre...

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Analytic Paper #5 Lefebvre believed that a space is an area that we as humans produce and that we are also influenced by. So often we are influenced by the spaces we encounter daily, but we rarely associate our behaviors and feelings towards those spaces. However, our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions are largely defined by the space we are occupying. During class, we set out to find several locations and determine what type of place it was and how it influenced us. It was certainly interesting to look at these places in a different way, rather than just knowing that it was that place because that is what we have learned it to be. My group looked at both a parking lot on campus and Soundview Residence Hall. Through these observations, I was able to see how these places influenced us and how many people often use these spaces in other ways than they were intended to be used. Many of the spaces we encounter, we do not think of them further than what they have been taught to be. Lefebvre says in his essay, “natural space is disappearing…it is still the background of the picture…everyone wants to protect and save nature; nobody wants to stand in the way of an attempt to retrieve its authenticity” (Lefebvre 30). When doing this assignment, I realized that natural space truly is just the background of the picture. We all try to protect all of our resources, but we often go against what the spaces are intended for and ultimately go against social order. We knew that the parking lot was a parking lot simply because we have learned to associate immobile cars separated by lines on the ground to be a parking lot. We have also learned that there are signs in the parking lot to tell people who can and cannot park there. Also, for Soundview, the indicators that showed it was a residence hall were the list of Resident Assistants and rules for the hall on the wall when you walk in. This building could easily be an apartment building, but because it is located on campus, it becomes a residence hall.
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Lefebvre explained that space is produced and experienced through three processes that are all present in all spaces. The first process, spatial practice embraces “production and reproduction…ensures continuity and some degree of cohesion…this cohesion implies a guaranteed level of competence and a specific level of performance” (Lefebvre, 33). Spatial practice involves our daily lives and experience. The parking lot would be described by someone
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