Place sensing for place making: a review on social media in landscape planning and design

Authors: Shujuan Li*, University of Arizona
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Planning Geography
Keywords: social media, landscape planning, landscape design, sense of place
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Landscape architecture is one of the one of the few professions which apply both art and science in shaping space to make place. Understanding people’s sense of place is critical for landscape planning and design. Major ways of collecting information of people’s sense of place have been surveys, interviews, and meetings. However, the society is gradually shifting from the one with more civic-mindedness and cooperation to one that presents more individualism and private interests. Social media has indeed emerged as a new way in which people connect socially. The pervasive of social media data provides new perspectives of understanding people and places. Current studies using social media have focused on the understanding human behaviors. However, few studies have used social media data for landscape planning and design. This study reviews and investigates existing studies on social media and address the question on what we know about social media as a place sensing system in landscape planning and design. In the discipline of landscape architecture, the adoption of social media just starts. Pioneered studies in landscape planning and design use social media as tools for collecting public inputs or as data sources. There are still lots of challenges to adopt social media in landscape planning and design.

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