In languages there are different words to define space. ‘Room’ can mean both an enclosed space as well as a physical object containing the space, or, as a figure of speech, the idea of space in general. ‘Landscape’ on the other hand suggests a wide open space with no clear limits. ‘Area’ is a defined fraction of space. ‘Location’ refers to a fixed position. ‘Spot’ is both limited and fixed in space. These denominators are but a fraction of terms that we can use to map out and refer to our surroundings.
The most universal term for space we can use is ‘place’. Not only are those two words in English similar in sound, they are often used interchangeably. However, there is a clear semantic difference that separates these two concepts from each other:
Space, like time, is a dimension. Space is limitless, absolute and infinite. It is measurable, but it has no perceivable beginning or end point. We can only define it in relation to what we perceive within its scope. Using the relationships between these objects, we can make imaginary divisions in spaces. This is when a ‘space’ becomes a ‘place’.
A place is a space with a meaning,defined by objects around it. Due to their conceptuality without our perception places are not distinguishable from the rest of the space.All in all, spaces are concrete, inclusive and objective whereas places are semantic, exclusive and subjective.