An interview with professor David Canter, architectural psychologist and founder of Investigative Psychology.
HOW IS A PLACE DEFINED?
In order to identify a place, it is important to distinguish what are the main attributes that constitute a place. It emerges out of the combination of actions, conceptualisations and physical form (although the physical form can be virtual, as in a ‘place on the World Wide Web). In order to identify a place, it is important to know the associated or anticipated actions for a specific location; the physical parameters of the setting as well as the descriptions or conception people have of that locations and the sorts of actions that are typical of that environment.
“We should never think of places, just as physical entities, whose
meaning is defined by, the planners and the designers. Even in the
most apparently open context Places are shaped by human action and