Often it's the things we do, see, use and consume that contributes to perception of place and peoples percepetion of place, helps to create a sense of place. Having a sense of place is what enables people to connect to places.
The following article defines a sense of place. Click on the image to connect to the website and view the full article.
Taken from Importanceofplace.com. (2009). IMPORTANCE OF PLACE: What Is Sense of Place?. [online] Available at: http://www.importanceofplace.com/2009/04/what-is-sense-of-place.html [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
What do we mean when we talk about perceptions of places?
Perception is the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses. It can also mean the way in which something is regarded, understood or interpreted.
So when we think about perception in the context of place, it is about people's awareness of places, their particular opinions they have formed and how connected they feel to places.
Take a look at the below Perception of Place video of students looking at photo's of places around the world. Observe the students opinions and the way they describe the places and reasons why they have formed these opinions. How do the students appear to feel in relation to the places they are seeing? Do you think they may feel differently if they were actually located at the sight of the picture?
Transportation, Travel and Tourism is extremely important in connecting people to places. We see and experience things differently, especially when we visit or travel to a new or familiar location and when we are at a location or place our perception is based on what we see, how we feel, how the place makes us feel and what we experience whilst there. Peoples primary considerations when traveling to and from locations are mode of transport and timeframe of which both influences our perception of place and can strengthen or even weaken the creation of sense of place.
The following statement is an extract from the website the Institute of Engineers Australia that talks about the importance of Transport in Moving Toward Sustainability and outlines how transport is vital to interconnection. Click on the Institute of Engineers Australia link above to read the full article.
Transport demonstrates the vital interconnection of economic development, ecological conservation and attainment of an acceptable quality of life in achieving sustainability. Economic development depends upon movement of freight and access of people to services and goods. Ecological conservation is dependent upon the management of transport in a manner that makes wise use of land and resources and maintains the integrity of local and global ecosystems. An acceptable quality of life involves transport which provides equitable access to services, goods, places, other people, protects health and safety, and meets the needs of people to come together in communities.
Taken from Engineers Australia. (2016). Transport : The importance of transport in moving towards sustainabilility. [online] available at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/shado/Representation/Policy%20Positions/Sustainability/Transport.pdf [ Accessed 2016. Web. 21 June 2016].
Click on the image below and link to the website Project for Public Spaces to read an article about how Transportation can create a Sense of Community.
For individuals or even groups, perceptions of places can be determined by many differing factors including purpose or use of places and spaces, particularly at different times of day, between males and females, different age groups, people with and without disability, and people from diverse cultures including Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
The following list highlights some other influences and characteristics that contribute to how people may develop a perception of place:
It is important to remember that if any of the factors change so to can our perception of a place.
Technology also plays a vital role in connecting people with places. Take a look at the below dot points extracted from the website blog called Spatialworlds that explain some of the ways that technology connects people with places.
Taken from McInerney, Malcolm. "Spatialworlds: Interacting With The Interconnection Concept". Spatialworlds.blogspot.com.au. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2016.
The concept of interconnection, highlights that our lifestyle choices affect and impact not only other people, but the environment and every living thing on the earth itself.