Sense Of Place

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3.5 Sense of place Various disciplines have explored sense of place which has led to the development and use of a diverse selection of concepts, approaches and methods. Jorgensen and Steadman (2001) state that some academics consider that the different approaches created chaotic literature with incoherent concepts (Stedman, 2003). This literature withstand any accurate definitions or consensus on what the sense of place concept should entail or how it should be measured or constructed (Kaltenborn, 1998:172). Over the last few decades, sense of place has been a topic of academic interest among numerous disciplines including Geography, Psychology and the Spatial and Design disciplines (including Architecture and Urban Design). Sense of place…show more content…
The emphasis on the physical attributes of sense of place in spatial planning is embedded in the ancient Roman mythological concept of genius loci (loosely translated from Latin as spirit of place) (Norberg-Schulz, 1980; Jivén & Larkham, 2003:6 & Stedman, 2003:674), a supernatural divinity (or geni) that was believed to determine the essence (sense) of a locality that differentiates it from other localities (Norberg-Schultz, 1980 & Stedman, 2003:674). The term ‘sense of place’ became universally used as a synonym for the atmosphere or unique character of a place (see Cullen, 1961, Conzen, 1975:361, Sharp, 1969 & Steele, 1981) where atmosphere and character were mainly defined by physical attributes. According to Hague and Jenkins (2005:5), several planners and designers claim that by apprehending the atmosphere and character of a locality in terms of its physical attributes and integrating it in spatial plans and designs, the sense of place of that locality ought to be conserved. While the sense of place is often defined as the atmosphere of a place, it is the total quality of the environment and the attraction of a place that causes a sense of well-being and binds community members together and make people want to return to that specific place (Smith, 2011:63). According to Pretty, Chipuer and Bramston (2003:274) location itself is not enough to create a sense of place, it emerges from involvement between people and between people and
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