Every “place” has distinctive characteristics that set it apart from somewhere else. A sense of place is character, setting, mood, people, landscape and senses. Uniformity and sameness is “absent” when defining sense of place.
Listed below is a set of questions to help define a sense of place in a neighborhood, park, historic site, national or state park, or a one-of-a-kind restaurant. A bakery located on a main street with traffic buzzing by will offer a sense of place far different from the bakery nestled in a quiet neighborhood, known only to residents and friends.
- Who are the people who have lived in this place? (today and many yesterdays)
- What are the sounds of this place?
- What are the smells?
- What are the activities?
- What is the weather? (today and through time)
- What are the unique characteristics about this place that sets it apart from another places?
- What is the landscape of this location?
Spend an hour to reflect, write, and reel in your senses to define a unique sense of place.