Sense of Place

Sense of Place is a term often bounded around the architectural profession but what does it mean?

Sense of Place is a term used to describe an emotional response to a geographic place, as emotions are inherently subjective it is difficult to give examples of Sense of Place as we all experience them differently. A Sense of Place can be both positive or negative, for instance, certain places may inspire fear - perhaps a dark alley at night - or you may find a sense of belonging within the town you grew up. The Sense of Place is typically drawn from something unique or special about that place.

Placelessness is the term used when a place feels or inauthentic or lacking in any Sense of Place. The term is often used to negatively define generic buildings such as airports or shopping malls which have no relation to their context.