A Plea For Modelling Geographical Spaces - Because They Do not Exist As Such

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The aim of this paper is to explain the nature of geographical spaces as simultaneously material, relational and semantic. Given this functional characteristic, it is stated that such spaces do not exist—as such—materially or empirically. Instead, they are transformed and transferred as elements of communication in social systems. Models play a central role in the process of transformation and transfer as they are capable of creating geographical spaces in a comprehensive albeit non-holistic way.
Translated title of the contributionEin Plädoyer für die Modellierung geographischer Räume - da sie nicht per se existieren
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23-27 September 2019
EditorsPetra Ahrweiler, Martin Neumann
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-61503-1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692

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Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012

  • 504 Sociology
  • 507 Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning


  • Materiality
  • Semantics
  • System theory
  • Topology

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