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Patterns of our footsteps: topophilia, rhythm, and diversity in urban landscapes

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Dale, Ann; Newman, Lenore; Newell, Rob

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Abstract Topophilia, or love of place, has been described as a desirable outcome of urban planning. The rhythms of movement within a city at different times and in diverse ways help to generate this sense of topophilia within urban spaces. Multi-rhythmic spaces are partly a product of deliberative design; spaces of overlapping rhythms create room for spontaneous connections that can build a sense of community and social capital. In contrast, spaces dominated by single rhythms are "dead spaces" a good deal of the time, such as monochronous hollowed out downtown cores or commuter corridors. Granville Island, Canada is given as an example of a designed space that facilitates both the movement of people in diverse ways at different times, and incorporates non-human rhythms as well.
Keywords zone; town; regional attachment; neighborhood; urban planning; urban development; sustainable development; time; public space; city quarter; Canada
Classification Area Development Planning, Regional Research; Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology
Free Keywords topophilia
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 85-93
Journal Spaces and Flows : an International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 4 (2014) 2
ISSN 2154-8684
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications