Ontology of Urban Place

  • Bagoes Wiryomartono


Even though building and living have been part of our daily activities, their relation to what and why the place is has been falling into oblivion. We build the city so that we have a place on the earth under the sky. All this because we are in the world that is not in empty space but in a place in which all things are familiarly identified with concepts in our native language. Since modernity, space, and place have been understood as the objects of human activities, the essential connection of both to the world has been misplaced and misused in countless ways. The urban place is used, occupied, and politicized, but less attention has been given to evoke its concept as the site of a proximate gathering and growing together. This chapter will investigate, explore, and examine the sense of place. The aim of this study is to reveal and divulge the aspects and characteristics of what and why the urban place is. In general, it is to contribute to the theory of landscape design and the built environment. To what extent is the place able to carry out and sustain civility? Scrutinizing and examining concepts connected to the phenomena of building and dwelling will be the focus of this chapter. In doing so, it is expected that we are able to regain the essential structure and function of what we call human environment.


Ontology Urban place Topos Space-time Public arts Right now Presence 


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  • Bagoes Wiryomartono
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  1. 1.TorontoCanada

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