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ISBN-13: 978-0816638772 ISBN-10: 0816638772 Edition: 5th or later Edition

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 5th or later Edition edition (February 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816638772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816638772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Angela Atkins on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was one of several books I studied to better understand the role of place in architecture and interior design. It helped me understand the importance of working with clients to understand the meanings they infer from the environment around them. In the book, Tuan highlights the importance of meaning and an insider's view. He describes place as humanized space. The contrast of open space with enclosed, comforting areas enhances both. As a person's emotional bond to a space increases, so do familiarity, comfort, and the sense of insideness. Without personal control over space, this emotional bond is slow to develop. To create place, Tuan suggests that memorable architecture should strenghen our memories, enhance the self, and provide layers of meaning to a space.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Donal Hickey on January 9, 2007
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This is a seminal text which offers insight into how we are awakened as children to the complex world which exists around, how we navigate, read and atribute meaning to the abstract spaces and places within which we exist. It opens a door to the genetic knowledge which is embedded in everything which exists around and how through our senses even the preception of time and space can be warped by experience.

"The aspects of things that are

most important for us are hidden

because of their simplicity and

familiarity"

L. Wittgenstein

As a thesis [here I stand] it is a delight, fundamental and engaging. It illuminates a wide and fertile field critical to an understanding how we are rooted to place and space.

There are books you read, then there are those which - live with you - you keep them close and consult them often.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Bond on June 5, 2006
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In "Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience," Tuan provides a descriptive account of the concepts "space" and "place," drawing on the work of phenomenologists, anthropologists, psychologists, geographers, and others. He grounds his analysis in a structuralist framework, using anthropological research to illustrate how our experiences of space and place can "transcend cultural particularities" (Tuan 1977, p. 5). Tuan provides an original and intriguing discussion of a wide range of topics, such as the relationship between space and place, on the one hand, and myths, architecture, time, religion, and cognition, on the other. I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in human geography, cultural geography, urban geography, urban studies, and to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the importance of space and place for our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nickolus Meisel on October 14, 2012
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This book is an excellent resource. Some really great reflections on space and place coming from numerous perspectives. I liked it enough to loan it to someone and subsequently buy myself another copy when the person i "loaned" it to couldn't part with it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Bubash on July 18, 2014
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Excellent book for architects, students in that area of study. It was a gift for my architect son in law- he really enjoyed it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy B on June 12, 2012
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This is an important book. If you're here, then you probably know why. However, my review will focus on the kindle edition format, not the content itself. It is for this reason I gave it four stars. I have an old black n white kindle, which handles the text fine. However, there are more than a few spelling errors. Words like, "Value" become "Vaiue," and so on. I suspect it was converted using software and the publisher never bothered to proofread it. I want an update, free of course, because the errors are annoying.
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