Sense of Place

Philadelphia Center City

A (Brief) Lesson in Planning For Psychologists

How can planners approach the emotions and psychology of urban stakeholders? Planning journalist Josh Stephens speaks with Psychology Today to give psychology professionals a glimpse into how planners think.

March 24, 2021 - Psychology Today

Looking for Successful Places in Metropolitan Phoenix

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.

July 2, 2015 - The Arizona Republic

Sunset Plaza

Against Generic Placemaking

'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.

April 13, 2015 - James S. Russell

Holiday Cheer Boosts Businesses Along Main Street

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.

December 2, 2013 - The Detroit News

L.A.'s Sprawling Valley Undertakes a Pedestrian-Friendly Retrofit

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.

October 24, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

Why Sense of Place is Worth Caring About

Edward T. McMahon explores the importance of community character, and why it is one of the key elements to a city’s economic success.

April 17, 2012 - Urban Land

Calling for an Architecture of Place

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.

March 14, 2012 - Project For Public Spaces

Augmenting Sense of Place

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.

June 15, 2010 - Places

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Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.