General information

Module title Between “Place” And “Place Making”: Approaches, Theories And Methods Of Action
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jacek Kotus
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15


Module aim (aims)

m (aims)

A lecture addressed to all those who are interested in knowing the invisible world of space, place, perception and social behaviours.Place theory is a key concept in social geography and planning approaches. A place means a well-known, familiar, friendly, subjective space. However a positive as well as a negative emotions are associated with places. So place may be unsettled, disgusting, boring as well. During our meetings we will discuss a classic and dynamic approaches to the idea of Place and Place Making created by such authors as: Yi Fu Tuan, Auge, Relph, Flusty as well as Creswell, Meyrowitz, Massey, Lewicka and Adams. How a place is created? What type of places may be discouraging and disgusting? What is more important: spatial setting or social communication within place? Is place a dynamic or constant category? Can McDonald's be a favourite and familiar place or rather non-place? What is the impact of social media on place making? These are just a few questions that will be considered during lectures and the answers will be learned in the course of these meetings.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

No require for special knowledge or skills


weeks 1- 5 Discussion on selected approaches to place and place making considerations

weeks 6 - 7 Short presentation in small groups on subject: place in my experience.

Reading list


? Adams P. C., 2005, The Boundless Self. Communication in physical and virtual spaces. Syracuse Univeristy Press, Syracuse.

? Anguelovski I., 2013, From Environmental Trauma to Safe Haven: Place Attachment and Place Remaking in Three Marginalized Neighborhoods of Barcelona, Boston, and Havana. “City and Community” 12, 3, 211–237.

? Auqe M., 1995, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity Verso, London, New York.

? Bolland E., 2015, Every Place a Palimpsest: Creative Practice, Emotional Archaeology, and the Post-Traumatic Landscape, GeoHumanities, 1:1, 198-206.

? Canter D., 1977, The Psychology of Place. The Architectural Press Ltd. London.

? Cresswell T., 2010, Place. A short introduction. Blackwell, Oxford.

? Dear M., Ketchum J., Luria S., Richardson D., 2011, GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place. Routledge. London.

? Freestone R, Liu E., 2016, Place and Placelessness Revisited. Routledge, New York, London.

? Friedmann J., 2010, Place and Place-Making in Cities: A Global Perspective, Planning Theory & Practice, 11:2, 149-165.

? Gustafson P., 2001, Meanings of Place: Everyday Experience and Theoretical Conceptualizations. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 21, 5-16.

? Larsen S. C., Johnson J. T., 2016, The Agency of Place: Toward a More-Than-Human Geographical Self, GeoHumanities, 1:1, 1-18.

? Lew A., A., 2017, Tourism planning and place making: place-making or placemaking? Tourism Geographies 19:3, 448-466.

? Lewicka M., 2011, Place attachment: How far have we come in the last 40 years? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 207-230.

? Lombard M., 2014, Constructing ordinary places: Place-making in urban informal settlements in Mexico. Progress in Planning, 94, 1–53.

? Massey D.B., 1994, Space, place, and gender. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

? Meinig D. (Ed.)., 1979, The interpretation of ordinary landscapes. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

? Relph E., 1976, Place and Placelessness. Pion, London

? Scanell L., Gifford R., 2010, Defining place attachment: A tripartite organizing framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 1–10.

? Smith B. D. (ed.), 2008, The People Make the Place: Dynamic Linkages Between Individuals and Organizations. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Taylor & Francis Group

? Tuan Yi Fu., 1977, Space and Place : The Perspective of Experience Univeristy of Minnestota Press, Minneapolis.

? Tuan Yi Fu., 1991, Language and the Making of Place: A narrative-Desciptive Approach Annals of the Association of American Geographers 81, 4, 684-696.