Najafi, Mina, and Mustafa Kamal Bin Mohd Shariff. “The Concept of Place and Sense of Place in Architectural Studies.” International Scholarly and Scientific Research & Innovation 5, no. 8 (2011): 1054-1060.
This article provides an interdisciplinary literature review of the seminal scholarship on the concept of sense of place. Sense of place, i.e., the human relationship to a geographical site, not only plays a vital role in individual behavior, mental health, and identity, but also contributes to community cohesion, and collective action on environmental issues. When an environment does not foster a sense of place, its inhabitants suffer from “placelessness,” which the article asserts is especially prevalent today, due to globalization and digitization. The article compiles diverse understandings of sense of place, and how it is formed, to highlight the concept’s vagueness, but also its utility. The framework of place attachment is discussed as a means of measuring sense of place through an examination of many factors, including socio-demographic characteristics, culture, activity, and environmental features. Sense of place informs visions of peace, and therefore place attachment can be utilized as a peacebuilding tool.