When we think about the idea of home, some other terms often come to mind. These include:

These terms suggest that home is tied to what is familiar and reliable. And yet, Macgregor Wise talks about home as travel. He starts off the essay talking about commuting. He speaks of milieus, and of territorializing. And yet, he still cares about what is familiar. He speaks of "rhythms" and "refrains", or repeated sounds, as being integral to our sense of home. There is, therefore, the familiar, but the thing about rhythmic sound is that there's also difference in the rhythm.

This course is subtitled "Meaningful Space", and this is a good place to start asking what that means. What do we mean by "meaning", when it comes to a place? Is it

When we speak of home as a meaningful space, do we mean any of these by that?

And, let's turn the question around - are there spaces which are not meaningful, which have lost their meaning or never had it? What do they lack?


Some topics on home