For human beings, places are meaningful and meaning creating. According to urban planner Timothy Beatley, “Meaningful places are essential for meaningful lives.” Without a sense of place we would live within undifferentiated and thereby meaningless space. Cultural Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan wrote, “Space is transformed into place as it acquires definition and meaning.” Our sense of home, of homeland, of our place and role in the world, all help to give us a sense of rootedness and identity in the world. They help to nurture us and provide us a safe haven when we are in need of it. When we have a sense of place in the world, we know where we come from and where we are going. As such, we feel “in-place” in the world.
Sense of place is an embodied experience, not an abstract concept. Our home and the street we live on may feel meaningful and alive More