Conceptual Space

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Conceptual space correlates to the spatial practices of a society (1). This term relates to the ways in which programs carry out in particular spaces in particular societies. It defines space that is designed, built, imagined, and imposed – as well as the ways in which people move about while navigating these spaces. This is the space of ideology and serves as the source for certain algorithms in control society that are carried out by machine learning due to its material, infrastructural gaze, this kind of space informs the perceptual work of architects, planners, AI and commissioning rulers. The concepts formed in this strata of relations are in turn transformed into blueprints, training data, maps, models, political monuments, and surveyor’s grids that dictate the development of built space (2).

1 Orum, A. and Xiangming Chen. (2003). The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective. Blackwell Publishing, 1-59

2 Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing, 1991.