Many scholars have written about the impacts of globalization on our daily lives, specifically from the perspective of the United States. Although globalization has inevitably affected all of our lives in terms of the decisions we make, the environments we live in, the cultures we identify with, the jobs we have and the prices we pay, has globalization changed the way that we interact with and value place? In this paper, the researcher builds upon literature related to globalization, the characteristics of place, and place-making by comparing these claims to case studies of real places within Arlington, Virginia (USA). As cultural and environmental identities are being influenced by “global cultures”, these changes in culture and identity inevitably play out in the built world and within our built, public places. In order to accompany these changes, it is assumed that local places must change as well. The goal of this working study is to understand which characteristics of globalization are affecting local places, in what ways are local places changing in the shadow of globalization, and how local places are defending themselves from these changes.
|Keywords:||Place, Place-making, Globalization, Landscape Architecture, Design, Public Places, Public Space|
Master of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, State University, Blacksburg, USA
Associate Professor, School of Architecture + Design, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA