spatial considerations

I thought about space when I was in Detroit, about how cities are laid out and how one becomes familiar with landscapes or cityscapes and not just familiar but attached to such spaces. Perhaps because the conference focused around "virtual urbanism" and the exploration of digital spaces or perhaps because I've been working on my personal essay which discusses place and social class or maybe because my dissertation work looks at the architecture and use of online spaces but I've been preoccupied with thinking about attachments to location.

These thoughts first emerged as we moved our office space from the 4th to the 2nd floor due to shutting down the top floors of Stevenson for asbestos removal and other "upgrades". As a person who moved practically every 4 years of her young and adolescent life, and every year except this one that I've lived in Illinois, learning to appreciate new spaces is something I'm used to. I loved my 4th floor office, right across from the elevators, convenient to the Department Office. But there are some good things about my new office, too. I'm hoping that because it's closer to the first floor I might be able to pick up wireless there since for some reason when I try to use the ethernet cable, I can't get Internet.

Oren was telling me about a Sarah Ahmen text, Queer Phenomonology, where she explains that we orient ourselves, our relationships to places through writing. But what begins the relationship to a place to begin with? Yi Fu Tuan's ideas of when space becomes place are helpful here but I suppose I'm wondering about some connections between nostalgia, familiarity and place.