What is the difference between place and space? I’ve thought it was the same thing until I’ve learnt about this “place and space” theory. From my understanding, space is like an open undefined area or a volume of unlimited dimensions. Place is a point in space when the dimensions are more or less known and also it derived from how people experience and perceive it. Place can be described by human action and perception, for example when you see the building with full of high school students walking around, you will probably guess that it is a school or an extra tutorial school. But if you graduate from this school you must say that it is your second home or maybe a memorial place? So place can be defined also by human memories or experiences.
In the film Powaqqatsi, it showed the transformation of place by people usage. As we can understand from the dirt mountain that a hundred of people walking up and down carry something. At first we might think the mountain is just a view or a panorama but later when we saw this hundred of human, we can predict that maybe it is a human labor for build something in the mountain? Also the film showed different context with human movement, how it change the environment or context of the place. It made me think that sometimes place and activities is completely not get along to each other but because of the activities itself can give us a clue of what the function of this place.
And again as I mention before, human perceptions is very important to describe places because once you experienced or have some memories with that place you will not able to describe it as an ordinary ‘space’ anymore because your brain were already remember and it will create nostalgia feeling whenever you come to this place.