Notes on the Proxemics of the ‘Non Place-Time’


  • Paola Puma University of Florence, School of Architecture



proxemics, urban spaces, urban multisensorial survey


During the period of confinement due to the pandemic emergency, the overly abused definition of ‘non place’ introduced in 1992 by Marc Augé seems to have found an involuntary and unexpected actualization, composing itself with the specular notion here defined as ‘non time’.
The space-time expansion due to the sudden absence of bodies in the urban space and to the forced alternation of the monochronic and the polychronic time is at the basis of the atypical urban experience lived in the weeks of domestic isolation, which has made evident even to the wider public how much the city is a complex multidimensional agglomeration where many intangible elements coexist with the material dimension of the city.
The notion of ‘non place-time’ is investigated through the analysis of the link between man, time and place and the reversal determined by the various space-time caesuras that occurred between people and between people and the collective scene of the city, as well as the definition of technological ‘immediate’ as an emerging co-constitutive process of personal experience and the environment.




How to Cite

Puma , P. (2021). Notes on the Proxemics of the ‘Non Place-Time’. Img Journal, 2(3), 346–365.