Patterns of Our Footsteps

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  • Title: Patterns of Our Footsteps: Rhythms, Diversity, and Topophilia in Urban Landscapes
  • Author(s): Ann Dale, Lenore Newman, Robert Newell
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Spaces & Flows
  • Journal Title: Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
  • Keywords: Space, Time, Rhythm, Topophilia, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Nature*
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2154-8676 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8684 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v04i02/85-93
  • Citation: Dale, Ann , Lenore Newman, and Robert Newell. 2014. "Patterns of Our Footsteps: Rhythms, Diversity, and Topophilia in Urban Landscapes." Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 4 (2): 85-93. doi:10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v04i02/85-93.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

Topophilia, or love of place, has been described as a desirable outcome of urban planning. The rhythms of movement within a city at different times and in diverse ways help to generate this sense of topophilia within urban spaces. Multi-rhythmic spaces are partly a product of deliberative design; spaces of overlapping rhythms create room for spontaneous connections that can build a sense of community and social capital. In contrast, spaces dominated by single rhythms are "dead spaces" a good deal of the time, such as monochronous hollowed out downtown cores or commuter corridors. Granville Island, Canada is given as an example of a designed space that facilitates both the movement of people in diverse ways at different times, and incorporates non-human rhythms as well.