Foucault on Space

The space in which we live, which draws us out of ourselves, in which the erosion of our lives, our time and our history occurs, the space that claws and gnaws at us, is also, in itself, a heterogeneous space. In other words, we do not live in a kind of void, inside of which we could place individuals and things. We do not live inside a void that could be colored with diverse shades of light, we live inside a set of relations that delineates sites which are irreducible to one another and absolutely not superimposable on one another.

From: Michel Foucault: Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias

Architecture /Mouvement/ Continuité , October, 1984 (“Des Espace Autres,” March 1967), 
Translated from the French by Jay Miskowiec)

 

 

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