Revolutions have gripped many countries, leading to the destruction of buildings, places, and artifacts; climate change is threatening the ancestral homes of many, the increasingly uneven distribution of resources has made the poor vulnerable to the coercive efforts by the rich, and social uncertainty has led to the romanticizing of the past. Humanity is resilient, but we have a fundamental need for attachment to places, buildings, and objects.
This edited volume will explore the different meanings and forms of place attachment and meaning based on our histories and conceptualization of material artifacts. Each chapter examines a varied relationship between a given society and the meaning formed through myth, symbols, and ideologies manifested through diverse forms of material artifacts. Topics of consideration examine place attachment at many scales including at the level of the artifact, human being, building, urban context, and region. We need a better understanding of human relationships to the past, our attachments to the events and places, and to the external influences on our attachments. This understanding will allow for better preservation methods pertaining to important places and buildings, and enhanced social wellbeing for all groups of people.
Covering a broad range of international perspectives on place meaning from the United States to Europe, Asia to Russia, and Africa to Australia, this book is an essential read for students, academics, and professionals alike.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. The Affect of Old Places: Exploring the Dimensions of Place Attachment and Senescent Environments—Jeremy C. Wells 2. Socioeconomic Factors that Affect Place Attachment in Europe—Juan A. Módenes 3. Soviet Era Architecture and the Meaning It Holds for People of Lithuania—Liutauras Nekrošius 4. Soviet and non-Soviet interiorities: The construction of the significance of place through the architecture of Nowa Huta—Charles Drozynski 5. The Framing of the Port Arthur Historic Site—Andrew Steen and Stuart King 6. The Oneida Community: An Examination of Place Attachment in a Utopian Society—Janet White 7. Mistaken Places: Mesoamerican Meaning in the Sixteenth-Century Catholic Courtyards of Mexico—Joshua Jacob Fitzgerald 8. Dead Space: Place Attachment and Cemeteries—Shad Thielman 9. Heritage and Urban Development in Pakistan: Lessons from Boston’s West End Neighborhood—Eleni Glekas and Khalid Ibrahim 10. Place Identity and Attachment - Implication of Displacement: Iran’s Revolution and the Means to Retain Persian Identity in a Home Away from Home—Mitra Kanaani 11. Human Sustainable Interaction with Nature in Kashan Heritage Context to Preserve Lifecycle—Maryam Ekhtiari 12. Displacement and attachment: examining relations in the production of post-apartheid buildings in ‘black spaces’—Gaarith Williams and Ziyana Lategan 13. Troubled Waters and Place Attachment: A Spring in Cape Town and Loss of Place—Tania Katzschner and Steven Robins 14. Hong Kong’s Early Composite Building: Appraising the Social Value and Place Meaning of a Distinctive Living Urban Heritage—Ho-yin Lee, Lynne D. DiStefano and Chi-pong Lai 15. Living Heritage Versus Dead Relics? Affect, Place Meanings and Boundary-Making in the Politics of Heritage in Postcolonial Hong Kong—Lachlan B. Barber and Cecilia L. Chu 16. The Social Construction of Koreans’ Intergenerational Place Attachment to Royal Palaces in Seoul—Jain Kwon 17. Homunculi and Agencies: Inhabiting Synthetic Worlds and Wilderness—Simon Y. Kim Index
Dak Kopec, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, is an Associate Professor and two-time award-winning author. He has published five books, two monographs, and several chapters in edited books and journal articles. Dr. Kopec was a Fulbright Specialist and served two appointed terms as reviewer. He is an internationally recognized expert in neuro-psychology and bio-physiology in relation to the designed environment. He has been invited to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and North America, and Asia. Dak is also credited with researching, developing, and administering the first low residency graduate program focused on designs for human health.
AnnaMarie Bliss, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, United States, is a lecturer and practitioner of architecture and historic preservation. Her scholarship concentrates on the socio-spatial and haptic aspects of preservation design triggering changes in the environmental perception of users. Dr. Bliss’s research engages tourist-historic places with special emphasis on the effects of adaptation to historically significant sites. Her efforts focus on visiting populations who interact with the world’s most treasured places of significance. Dr. Bliss has been awarded various national recognitions for her work including the P.E.O Scholar Award and the King Medal for Excellence from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.