Oct 3 Qs

Degen and Rose (2012) outline the numerous ways in which sensory experience of an urban space is influenced not only by design, but also by individualized memories associated with that space (and others like it). Three types of sensory interactions are described: present experience can be overlapped with memories of previous experiences within that environment, encounters with one environment inspires memories of comparable environments, and such comparisons can develop a typology to articulate judgments (i.e. “this is ‘just another town center.’”) The authors outline the complexity of each interaction: how does the role of perceptual memory create a paradoxical experience of sensory engagement with a particular urban space? Or, how might memories both increase and reduce sensory immersion in an environment in different ways? How might this be related to gendered experiences?

When talking about the physical and symbolic nature of the stranger, in their article “‘The stranger’, the city and the nation,” Koefoed and Simonsen mention that the stranger takes on an abundance of shapes and roles depending on the context which it is performed. What is your interpretation of this? Can you think of different roles, or shapes and the context in which they are performed and how/if they apply to you?

In the article “‘The stranger’, the city and the nation” we see the idea of ‘the stranger’ and the example of the Pakastani families in Denmark feeling discriminated against due to the fact that they don’t appear to be Danish. Do you feel that because Canada is multi-cultural the idea of ‘the stranger’ is less prominent in our society or as equally prevalent?

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