The Research Areas
In research area A “Spatial Environment and Conceptual Design”, the pragmatics of knowledge in the interaction between human beings and the natural environment will be taken into consideration, particularly in terms of cultural ecology, the use of resources, and the nature of economies in concrete relation to the natural environment.
Research area B “Constructing Historical Space” is dedicated to space in its social and political forms as well as to the way in which accumulated bodies of knowledge are used to order and maintain these structures, which transform the physical space of concrete human action into a figuration of power that materializes at several different levels. These distinct materializations range from the local and regional, up to the encompassing infrastructure of regional states.
Research area C “Perception and Representation” investigates the cognitive prerequisites for the acquisition and communication of knowledge as it is embedded in space as well as its representation in various modalities of communication. Orienting themes include space as an object of linguistic and iconographic means of expression, the imagination of spaces, the mapping of geographical information and the comparison of ancient perceptions and representations of space with modern conceptualizations.
Research area D “Theory and Science” identifies systematized domains of knowledge that are acknowledged in the other areas, but whose historical process of development is particularly emphasized here. As part of this effort, area D focuses on the intellectual and technical processes that generated models of the cosmos as well as the emergence of theoretical conceptions of space in antiquity, their representation, and the economic structures and processes that buttressed the transmission of this knowledge.