Sense of Place in Spatial Planning: Applying Instrumental and Deliberative Approaches at the River Lahn

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Sense of place offers a theoretical approach for understanding and assessing people-place relationships, which may support spatial planning purposes. However, the integration of sense of place into planning practice is still lacking due to multiple and diverse conceptualizations and assessment approaches as well as lacking adaptation to planning practice. Therefore, my dissertation aimed to explore a systematic integration of sense of place into spatial and landscape planning. To do so, I used Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) and Geodesign methods, and developed and applied a spatial meaningful place indicator, which is comparable with biophysical indicators used in planning practice exemplified by river landscapes. Findings highlight (1) the importance for assessment of place meanings for understanding of people-place relationship including the biophysical context and personal characteristics, (2) the significant and positive correlation between sense of place and environmental stewardship motivation, (3) the potential of integrating sense of place data into landscape design. I provide five actionable recommendations for integrating sense of place into landscape planning, such as exploration of feasibility and usefulness, an early assessment, consideration of appropriate methodological approaches, importance of transparent and inclusive process, and the integration of external support. Finally, based on the lessons learnt within this dissertation main future research directions are proposed, which include the further development of the proposed indicator and strengthening of a progressive perspective on sense of place.

ZeitschriftLandscape Online
Anzahl der Seiten13
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 30.06.2022

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), through a grant for the PlanSmart research group (Funding Code: 01UU1601A), by the Graduate Academy of the University of Hannover for the data assessment (Project Number 60470376). I would like to thank all citizens who spent time and effort to respond to the survey, as well as all participants of the workshop. I would like to thank Birgit Böhm from the MenschUmwelt consultancy for professional facilitation of the workshop. Further, I would like to thank to the many colleagues that made this work possible, in particular my supervisor and co-supervisor Christian Albert and Ron Janssen, our project leader Barbara Schröter, and my PlanSmart Phd fellows Jennifer Henze, Paulina Guerrero and Mario Brillinger. Special thanks go to the other co-authors of the published articles within this dissertation: Richard Stedman, Nora Fagerholm, and Jana Brenner.

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© 2022. The Authors. Published in Landscape Online – Open Access Article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.