When we began to think of the space to be conceptualized as the “Urban Sanctuary”, the first step was a search for the existence of the term. This is when we stumbled upon Anni Greve’s article ‘Learning from Tokyo urbanism: The urban sanctuaries’. It was surprising to be confronted with her concept, as it overlaps … More Anni Greve: Urban Sanctuaries as an in-between phenomenon.
In previous entries we have mentioned the term atmosphere, but what exactly is atmosphere? How does atmosphere connect to the socio-material part of our quest to conceptualize the Urban Sanctuary? To our surprise, atmosphere has quite recently become a subject of interest in multiple disciplines. This post we will elaborate on the notion of atmosphere. … More On Atmosphere and Sensory Experiences.
In this post, we are going into the health-related aspect of Urban Sanctuaries. As we think of those as being places that promote mental and physical health, Antonovski’s salutogenic model fits very well as a theory that connects health promotion with social theory. The post is divided in three parts: the first goes into the … More Health-promoting places: A salutogenic approach
“As a new public domain reclaimed from the motorised infrastructure, Les Berges is a space with no predetermined typology or given audience; it can be made open for all kinds of citizens depending on how it is designed, equipped and managed.” – Magnusson 2011, p. 243 The above quote is a good analogy of what … More Towards an Epistemology of Urban Sanctuaries [part 2 of 2]
Yes, that is a rather intimidating title for a blog post. But bear with us. The previous entries have dealt with an ontology of Urban Sanctuaries, asking questions like: What is an Urban Sanctuary? What is the Urban Sanctuary not? This blog is a way of trying to answer those questions. We have also posed … More Towards an Epistemology of Urban Sanctuaries [part 1 of 2]
The next station of the philosophical abstraction train applies the theory of heterotopias on what we think about when we talk about Urban Sanctuaries as places that can be found and created in urban space. The following text is breaking down the layers of functionality along the definition and the six principles of heterotopias as … More Heterotopias 2/2: Urban Sanctuaries as heterotopian places.
Can 2400-year-old philosophy help us conceptualize a space in the cities of the future? Even a non-consumer and stress-reducing place in the city? Well, Plato’s theory of Form can be used as a philosophical tool to describe one aspect of our conceptualizing process and what we don’t want to do. The logic in the theory of … More Approaching Plato’s Theory of Forms