Understanding Local Places in a Globalizing Context

By David Steven Serpati and Dean Bork.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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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

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.101-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.264MB).

David Steven Serpati

Master of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, State University, Blacksburg, USA

Having lived in Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., cities and the places within them have always interested David. This interest was developed through an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from Virginia Tech, and now is being focused through his Masters studies. David eventually plans to take his knowledge and skills into private practice, where he can help shape the physical futures of the cities and towns in which we all live our daily lives.

Prof. Dean Bork

Associate Professor, School of Architecture + Design, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA