chapter  6
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Lived Landscapes of the Fillmore

ByIngrid Seyer-Ochi

Our sense of place is shaped through our experiences directly with it, our understanding of the history it embodies, and our interactions across its changing social and structural landscape. Sense of place is the geographic component of our need to belong, the “Lure of the Local,” as Lucy Lippard calls it in her aptly titled book of the same name. From early childhood our connections to place begin to develop; we come to know places via all our senses: sight, sounds, tastes, and smells interact with our emotions to shape our “sense of place.” It is these same senses that later serve to evoke and inspire our memories of places and times past. These evolving senses of place develop alongside, in fact are mutually constitutive of, our social relationships. Residents of all places “make due” with the natural, built, and social resources available to shape the local master identity of a neighborhood. These resources are produced within and distributed across layered landscapes: the built and historic layers draw from and transform the natural landscape. What people make of these conditions and materials and the lives that are thus made possible are embedded in what I term lived landscapes. Architect and planner James Rojas has studied the way spaces are created and used by locals, coining the term enacted environment (1993). I use the term lived landscapes to refer to a similar concept.