Patterns of Our Footsteps: Rhythms, Diversity, and Topophilia in Urban Landscapes

By Ann Dale and Lenore Newman.

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

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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.

Keywords: Space, Time, Rhythm, Topophilia, Sustainable urban development, urban nature*

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.85-93. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 315.172KB)).

Dr. Ann Dale

Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Lenore Newman

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada