106th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, The Ethical Imperative

Social Engagement and the Construction of Place

Annual Meeting Proceedings

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.


Volume Editors
Amir Ameri & Rebecca O'Neal Dagg