Territory, Space, Place, and Beyond

  • Krzysztof Nawratek


This chapter discusses the tension between notions of space, place, and territory. Architects and urban designers often discuss and conceptualise place as a subjective, phenomenology-based idea; however, in practice, they would rather refer to Cartesian, neutral, and geometrical, space, and to a territory. In this chapter, I argue that the tension between these notions should be a starting point to rethink a post-capitalist project. The ability to precisely define, count, and measure the world is necessary for positivist science and capitalism, but post-capitalism comes out of ambiguity and messy contextualisation.


Space Place Territory Ontological imagination Storytelling Messiness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Nawratek
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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