Author(s): Katie MacDonald
Today’s Citizen Architect must navigate a world rewired for networked experience. If the internet saw the advent and realization of place as a purely social construct, studying networked engagement and the social art practices that followed offers insights into how architects might galvanize participation and meaning back into the physical world. Place attachment theory once emphasized the way that the physical informs meaning—“attributes of the environment are associated with characteristic experiences. Symbolic meanings are produced from these experiences, and these meanings in turn underpin place attachment and satisfaction.” In this new world, symbolic meanings, via experience and engagement, might instead be formed with the intention of creating place—virtual or physical.
Amir Ameri & Rebecca O'Neal Dagg