B3_#035 // The Waiting Room // Sabrina Syed :
‘…The non-place is the opposite of Utopia: it exists, and it does not contain any organic society’-Marc Augé, ‘Non-Places’
Where do we wait?
Everywhere and Nowhere.
Collaged together like a diorama of spliced moments: a café, a tube stop, a doctor’s office, an airport terminal – the spaces that we are often spent waiting seem as universal as they are fragmented. The anthropologist Marc Augé describes ‘empirical non-place’ as spaces of circulation, consumption and communication. What a coincidence, that those spaces’ regular occupiers are those who wait.
We wait in non-places, often alone, lost in our thoughts. We all remember what it feels like to wait, but rarely register the details of the spaces we are in. Non-Places are everywhere and nowhere. And the unique thing about waiting is that, it too, can be everywhere and nowhere.
Sabrina Syed is a year out student from ESALA, Edinburgh school of architecture and landscape architecture