Sense of Place

July 2, 2015, 10am PDT
The Phoenix region, as a relatively young metropolitan area, has sprawled as it's grown and for much of its expansion has overlooked placemaking considerations. A recent feature in The Arizona Republic highlights the places that standout.
The Arizona Republic
April 13, 2015, 5am PDT
'Placemaking,' the process by which cities and developers supposedly create appealing public spaces, is in a crisis, writes critic James Russell. Too many "made" places are generic and lack true relevance to the cities that build them.
James S. Russell
December 2, 2013, 8am PST
Eight years after downtown Rochester sparked a retail resurgence along its Main Street with a holiday light display, small towns across Metro Detroit are following suit to create a sense of place and lure shoppers away from boring big boxes.
The Detroit News
October 24, 2013, 9am PDT
The San Fernando Valley is infamous for its seemingly endless expanse of flat, gridded single-family sprawl. But to accommodate growth and improve the quality of life, the Valley's distinct neighborhoods are looking to create a sense of place.
Los Angeles Daily News
April 17, 2012, 6am PDT
Edward T. McMahon explores the importance of community character, and why it is one of the key elements to a city’s economic success.
Urban Land
March 14, 2012, 12pm PDT
Fred Kent, of the Project for Public Spaces, wades into the debate over architecture and design criticism with an affirmation of the importance of place, buttressing his argument with five successful contemporary buildings, and a Hall of Shame.
Project For Public Spaces
June 15, 2010, 5am PDT
In the first of a two-part series on augmented reality, Mitchell Schwarzer discusses how this new form of information affects our sense of place.
Places