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Spatial forms are social structures

“Spatial forms are social structures…Space, severed from its social production, is thus fetishized as a physical entity and undergoes, through inversion, a transformation. Represented as an independent object, it appears to exercise control over the very people who produce and use it. The impression of objectivity is real to the extent that the city is alienated from the social life of its inhabitants. The functionalization of the city, which presents space as politically neutral, merely utilitarian, is then filled with politics. For the notion that the city speaks for itself conceals the identity of those who speak through the city.” Rosalyn Deutsche 1996[i]


[i]. Rosalyn Deutsche. 1996. Evictions: Art and spatial politics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. p. 52.

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