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New book chapter: What if everything is production of scale?

Cover of the book: "Geografía contemporánea – Pensar y hacer desde los territorios" [In Spanish] © Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Scale is both a tool and a concept of great historical and contemporary importance, especially for geographical and interdisciplinary thought and practice. Discussions of scale range from the social ascription of the construction of scale, its use and tensions in cartography and GIScience, to arguments about the need for scale-free human geography or the replacement of scale with an emphasis on connectivity. A recent chapter by our lab member Víctor Cobs-Muñoz (in collaboration with Dr Ulises Sepúlveda of Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile) seeks to deepen the clarification of certain elements that revolve around the construction of a sense of scale, both in subjective dimensions and in the creation of representations. The chapter looks at elements that, based on bibliographical evidence, are essential conditions for the production of scale, such as ontology, place, power, and representation. The work also opens a debate on the meaning of this concept in today's world for the geographical and interdisciplinary discipline, with the guiding question that determines the title of the paper: What if everything is the production of scale?

The chapter is published as part of the book "Contemporary Geography - Thinking and doing from the territories" (In Spanish: Geografía contemporánea - Pensar y hacer desde los territorios). The book can be found online:

Sepúlveda, U. and Cobs-Muñoz, V. (2022). ¿Y si todo es producción de escala? Sujeto, ontología y lugar para la comprensión del mundo contemporáneo [What if everything is production of scale? Subject, ontology and place for understanding the contemporary world]. In: Sepúlveda, U., Maturana Miranda, F., Muniz Solari, O. and Palomino-Schalscha, M. (eds.): Geografía contemporánea – Pensar y hacer desde los territorios [Contemporary geography  Thinking and doing from the territories] . Santiago de Chile, Chile: Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 89–118.

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To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

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The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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