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Place and Placelessness Revisited - Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design (Hardback)
  • Place and Placelessness Revisited - Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design (Hardback)

Place and Placelessness Revisited - Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design (Hardback)

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Hardback 278 Pages / Published: 26/05/2016
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Since its publication in 1976, Ted Relph's Place and Placelessness has been an influential text in thinking about cities and city life across disciplines, including human geography, sociology, architecture, planning, and urban design. For four decades, ideas put forward by this seminal work have continued to spark debates, from the concept of placelessness itself through how it plays out in our societies to how city designers might respond to its challenge in practice.

Drawing on evidence from Australian, British, Japanese, and North and South American urban settings, Place and Placelessness Revisited is a collection of cutting edge empirical research and theoretical discussions of contemporary applications and interpretations of place and placelessness. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach, including contributions from across the breadth of disciplines in the built environment - architecture, environmental psychology, geography, landscape architecture, planning, sociology, and urban design - in critically re-visiting placelessness in theory and its relevance for twenty-first century contexts.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138937116
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 710 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


Ted Relph's notion of placelessness opened up many new possibilities of how we understand the slippery notion of place. Many of them are realized in this multidisciplinary collection. With case studies that range from graffiti to malls and airports and with examples from Detroit to Melbourne and Seoul, it is a welcome contribution that explores how the social constructions of space create different places.John Rennie Short is the author of Human Geography: A Short Introduction.

Relph's "Place and Placelessness" Is the one seminal work that gave rise to a whole literature on the subject of place. It's about time that we look back to our original source of inspiration.

Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As claims to 'place-making' proliferate in these neo-liberal times, the wide-ranging essays in this 40th anniversary homage to Place and Placelessness update both theory and practice in a global context.Professor John Punter, Cardiff University

Awarded a commendation in the 'Cutting Edge Research and Teaching' category of the 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence from the Planning Institue of Australia (NSW Chapter).

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