Richard Dagenhart's 3rd design lesson: how spaces becoming places

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Designers often talk about something called a "sense of place." A lot of academic literature deals with the phrase, but it is not very helpful for designing places. While it may be hard to define, Richard Dagenhart identified three ingredients for recognizing a “sense of place.” First, a “place” must be a recognizable physical space that is ours, not just yours or mine. It must be freely accessible to the public and can be used by anyone. Second, a “place” must reveal evidence of being inhabited, either by monuments, art, play-space, or normal wear and tear. Third, a “place” requires time. One can't design a sense of place, but he or she can create a physical framework for a place that can be inhabited by different people for different purposes at different times.

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