chapter  4
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Sensing the city

Space is simultaneously the most abstract and the most visceral of the spatial concepts. Place and territory are portions of space to which we attribute values, with the former leaning towards purely affective values, and the latter aiming at control of the actions and objects under its influence. Space, the conceptual substratum of place and territory, is formed by the relationships between entities and flows screened through sensorial and cultural filters. These sensorial and cultural filters are not immune to historical contexts; therefore, understanding how people perceive space illuminates not only what space means in a particular context, but also how these sensorial and cultural filters are formed.