Spirit of place

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Spirit of place (or soul) refers to the unique, distinctive and cherished aspects of a place; often those celebrated by artists and writers, but also those cherished in

interpersonal aspects (the presence of relatives, friends and kindred spirits, and the like).[citation needed

Often the term is applied to a rural or a relatively unspoiled or regenerated place — whereas the very similar term

shop-fronts, the street furniture, and so on, but one could not really talk about the 'spirit of place' of such an essentially urban and commercial environment. However, an urban area that looks faceless or neglected to an adult may have deep meaning in children's street culture.[original research?


ley lines, feng shui and similar concepts, on the one hand, and urban leftover spaces, such as back alleys or gaps between buildings in some North-American downtown areas, on the other hand.[1]

The western cultural movements of Romanticism and Neo-romanticism are often deeply concerned with creating cultural forms that 're-enchant the land', in order to establish or re-establish a spirit of place.[2]


earth art (sometimes called environment art) artists such as Andy Goldsworthy have explored the contribution of natural/ephemeral sculpture to spirit of place.[3][4]

Many indigenous and tribal cultures around the world are deeply concerned with spirits of place in their


See also


  1. ^ A. Akkerman and A.F. Cornfeld (2010) "Greening as an urban design metaphor: Looking for the city's soul in leftover spaces," The Structurist 49/50: 30-35
  2. ^ T. Graves and L. Poraj-Wilezynska (2009) "'Spirit of place' as process: Archaeography, dowsing and perceptual mapping at Belas Knap," Time and Mind Archived 2010-11-23 at the Wayback Machine 2: 167-193.
  3. ^ B. E. Bannon (2011) "Re-envisioning nature: The role of aesthetics in environmental ethics," Environmental Ethics 33(4): 415-436.
  4. ^ Fulford, R. (2008) Andy Goldsworthy: Nature's collaborator, art's alchemist," Queen's Quarterly 114(4): 597-607.
  5. ^ Opp, J. (2011) "Public history and the fragments of place: Archaeology, history and heritage site development in southern Alberta," Rethinking History 15: 241-267

External links

  • "Quebec Declaration on the Preservation of Spirit of Place" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2012.
  • "How to create an ABC of place". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012.
  • Common Ground (UK)