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The Intelligence of Place


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Notes on Contributors Introduction 1. Place and Edge, Edward Casey (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, USA) 2. Place and Limit, Massimo Cacciari (Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, Naples, Italy and the College de Philosophie, Paris, France) 3. Place and Histories - Writing Other People's Memories, Lucy R. Lippard (Free lance Writer) 4. Place and Time, Jeff Malpas (Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor, Latrobe University, Australia) 5. Place and Media, Joshua Meyrowitz (Professor of Communications, University of New Hampshire, USA) 6. Place and Atmosphere, Juhani Pallasmaa (Professor Emeritus, Juhani Pallasmaa Architects) 7. Place and Architectural Space, Alberto Perez-Gomez (Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor in History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University School of Architecture, Canada) 8. Place and Connection, Edward Relph (Professor of Geography, University of Toronto, Canada) 9. Place and Sensory Composition, Kathleen Stewart (Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, USA) 10. Place and Formulation, Kenneth White (Royal Scottish Academy, Professor of Twentieth-Century Poetics, Sorbonne, Paris) Index

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The first interdisciplinary study of place, bringing together many of the key thinkers writing on the concept in the twenty-first century.

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Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, Australia.


This volume is a signal contribution to work in "place studies." Malpas's selection of contributors is prescient because they are some of the most perceptive thinkers writing conceptually about place today, including philosopher Edward Casey, writer Lucy Lippard, media-studies scholar Joshua Meyrowitz, geographer Edward Relph, and architects Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Perez-Gomez. The result is an interdisciplinary synergy provoking valuable new ideas and perspectives on place, place experience, and place meaning. -- David Seamon, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University, USA and editor of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology
Today many scholars and students of place-based studies-architecture, geography, anthropology, politics and philosophy-feel that a choice between globalism and localism is wrongheaded and unproductive. Offered here is a forward-looking alternative, a set of reflections that restates the centrality of place in human experience, without resorting to nostalgic forms of place-identity or apocalyptic notions of place-disintegration. The idea that places have their own intelligence, that the wisdom that will guide ethical and practical choices in contemporary culture is in the world not only individual selves, is both timely and challenging. -- David Leatherbarrow, Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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