Place-making: an approach to rationale behind the location choice of power places. University campus Ames as a case study

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2017-09-25
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Yamu, Claudia
Rico-Gutierrez, Luis
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Poplin, Alenka
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Community and Regional Planning

Community and regional planning is a professional field of study aimed at assessing the ever-changing socioeconomic and physical environments of our communities and planning for their future. Planners evaluate and seize opportunities to understand and solve problems. Most planners work at the local level, but they are concerned with issues that affect the world: the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in a community, the protection of the environment, the promotion of equitable economic opportunity; and the management of growth and change of all kinds.

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The Department of Community and Regional Planning was established in 1978 when it was split from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Community Planning.

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1978–present

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This paper concentrates on power places as perceived by the students in a 60,000 people college town in the United States. Power places are favourite outdoor locations that evoke positive emotions, and are conducive to relaxation and reduction of stress. Further understanding how location affects those places and the feelings of students will help planners and designers be more intentional as they create conditions favourable to the development of cities that are healthy, sustainable, resilient and smart. Research methodologies used in this paper include empirical cartography, mapping and space syntax. We conclude the paper with a discussion of the presented results and further research directions.

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This proceeding is Poplin, A., Yamu, C., and Rico-Gutierrez, L.: Place-making: an approach to rationale behind the location choice of power places. University campus Ames as a case study, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-4/W3, 73-81, Doi: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W3-73-2017, 2017.

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