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EVERYDAY LANDSCAPE AND MEANING IN URBAN LIVING

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Author(s): LAKSHMI PRIYA RAJENDRAN

Journal: Agathos : An International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2069-1025

Volume: IV;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 120;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: everyday | landscape | identity | design | urban

ABSTRACT
This paper conceptualizes landscape from a temporal and spatial perspective which emphasizes peoples’ interactions and activities as an inherent part of understanding the landscape itself. Today, peoples’ interaction with the landscape has become more complex, largely owing to the changing notions of place in contemporary urban living. In this context, the paper examines the role and significance of the landscapes of everyday life in urban environment and delineates how it (re)constructs ordinary human and social meanings that are necessary conditions for our existence. The paper is presented in three sections. In the first section, it discusses the concept of everyday life and its relevance in the contemporary urban living. In the following section, it examines the complexities encountered in urban landscapes today .The third section of the paper discusses how meaningful interaction experienced with everyday landscapes offer valuable insights for addressing the challenges posed by the complexities of urban city living. The paper concludes by highlighting the need for attention towards the largely neglected or overlooked domains of ‘ordinary’ everyday landscape by designer professionals, which plays a crucial role in creating meaningful relationship between people and place.
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