Sense of Place Theory/Genius Loci
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In a society where efficiency, regularity and standardized design can be the norm, creating quality built environments, that celebrate a unique sense of place or genius loci, is more important than ever. Sense of place theory is the concept that every natural environment has a unique sense of place and character with which people can identify and be intrigued. Norwegian architectural theorist and historian, Christian Norberg-Schulz, wrote about genius loci as it relates to design and encouraged designers to ‘dwell’ within, respect and befriend a site, to identify all its unique surrounding elements and qualities. This character can and should be the starting point of a designed environment, ensuring that this unique character is not lost or hidden, but is celebrated and reinforced. This chapter describes inspiring examples of places from across the globe, from Shanghai to Seattle, illustrating how thoughtful design practice can highlight the unique qualities of a place.