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A Framework for Understanding Sense of Place in an Urban Design Context

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School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, 3835 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(2), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2020034
Received: 24 February 2018 / Revised: 5 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 13 April 2018
Creating a sense of place and community is a guiding principle in designing livable and high-quality built environments. This paper presents a framework for understanding the relationship between design and people’s perceptions about a place, within an urban design context. While a large volume of literature on sense of place (SOP) already exists, the proposed framework and its application in the design field present a unique opportunity to add new knowledge to this interdisciplinary topic. This research will investigate the empirical relationship between architecture/urban design and people’s perceptions about a place and their contributions to SOP. Urban designers and architects play important and determining roles in defining the physical qualities and the characteristics of a place. However, it has always been challenging to quantify the relationship between a physical environment and a person’s emotional experience. Three urban sites were analyzed to illustrate this framework, and four physical characteristics and four perceptual qualities were cross-investigated and analyzed. This proposed framework will help architects and urban designers to gain a better understanding of SOP and placemaking techniques, eventually helping to improve urban design quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: sense of place; physical environment; perceptual quality; placemaking; urban design sense of place; physical environment; perceptual quality; placemaking; urban design
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