For next week’s blog post (due Monday, January 23), I’d like you to consider the your site from the perspective of the past two weeks’ readings on space. Think about how your site affects its users: how does it help them orient themselves and/or identify with the space (or not)? Does the architecture or structure function to directly influence actions? What kinds of interrelations between different actors take place at your site? What power relations are inscribed in your space?
You’re welcome to consider these questions based on your own interpretation of the readings, but if you’re unsure, here are some more specific questions that you could think about:
-How does your site relate to its context or “landscape”?
-What is the genius loci of your site?
-How does the architecture of your site orient users (or not)?
-What are the boundaries of your site? The “openings”?
-What aspects of your site allow users to identify or “feel at home” in the space (or not)?
-How does your site allow for interaction (or not)?
-What sorts of “difference” exist in your space?
-What hegemonic forces are at work in your site?
-Is there surveillance? Who polices whom? Are users self-policing?
-How do objects or structures function to influence human action in ways we might normally overlook?
Good luck …