Collapsing the sky / closing the building: some thoughts on the unbecoming of places

‘Yesterday afternoon, at 4pm, at the moment that Matthew Flintham was searching in Newcastle for ways to materialise the UK’s militarised airspaces, thousands suddenly found themselves stuck to the ground, as the virtual-but-real commercial transit spaces normally mapped out across the sky by the UK’s National Air Traffic Service’s mainframe disappeared. A glitch caused these air lanes to temporarily vanish – and for a moment the sky ceased to be a humanised place, it became undefined and uninhabitable: it collapsed as a place.’

Following the CSoP event, ‘Non-places, Digital Worlds and Geographical Imagination: Confronting, Constructing and Valorising Non-Places’ on 12th December 2014, our keynote speaker, Luke Bennett, has written a blog post looking at the ideas and arguments raised. You can find his excellent piece here and many thanks again to everyone who contributed to discussions on the day!

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