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Rethinking the Meaning of Place

Conceiving Place in Architecture-Urbanism, 1st Edition

By Lineu Castello


276 pages

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The spread of newly 'invented' places, such as theme parks, shopping malls and revamped historic areas, necessitates a redefinition of the concept of 'place' from an architectural perspective. In this interdisciplinary work, these invented places are categorized according to the different phenomenological experiences they are able to provide. The book explores how such 'cloning spaces' use placemaking and placemarketing in attempt to replicate the characteristics found in urban spaces traditionally viewed as successful, and how these places can affect society's environmental perception. A range of international empirical studies illustrates how such invented places can be perceived as legitimate urban spaces, and contribute towards the quality of life in today's cities.


'A lucid and balanced overview on the complex meanings of place, which takes the reader on a journey encompassing a comprehensive literature review as well as field-work straight to the heart of society, posing questions and offering non-mainstream yet fulfilling and contemporary interpretations of "places of urbanity".' Ombretta Romice, President , International Association for People-Environment Studies 'Castello has provided an intriguing look into how people view the term "place". He offers insights into the meaning and importance of place, how we tend to view place, and how we design place. This is a must read book for students and scholars of cities.' Roger W. Caves, San Diego State University, USA 'The analysis of architectural products, shaping urban spaces, would not be possible without considering the meaning citizens attribute to places. Architecture does not exist unless it elicts a meaningful mental representation which orients our spatial behaviour. This book constitutes an attractive invitation to plunge into the labyrinths of the mind which lead to creative urban planning.' Ricardo Garcia-Mira, University of A Coruña, Spain 'Lineu Castello's work offers a scientific and experiential approach towards the meaning of "place", underlining the need for a holistic evaluation informing future urban interventions…His work leads to a better understanding of the anatomy of the "places" of today's dynamic cities and the lives of their people.' Housing Studies

About the Author

Lineu Castello is an Invited Professor at PROPAR: Research and Postgraduate Programme in Architecture, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning