City Play: Post-Affordances and the Transformative Power of Place
Landscape architecture research and practice often focus on demand or instrumental value of the land to serve some need, like a healing garden or playground, or the intrinsic value of the land due to unique characteristics, like a protected wilderness or geological phenomenon, but rarely does the discipline concentrate on the transformative power of the environment. Sarkar (2012) suggests that transformative power refers to those unanticipated experiences with the environment that change or transform our worldview.
This conference paper is published as Shirtcliff, B., Adib, M., 2018. “City Play: post-Affordances and the transformative power of place.” Paper presented at the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech Blacksburg. Posted with permission.