Spirit of Place and Reconciliation presentation

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Dr. Suzanne Bott's, Planner, National Park Service, presentation from WMA 2011 session Spirit of Place and Reconciliation.

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Spirit of Place and Reconciliation presentation

  1. 1. Western Museums Association September 25, 2011 Suzanne Bott, PhD, AICPNational Park Service – Pacific West
  2. 2. 1. Definition of Spirit of Place2. The Science behind SoP: Disciplines & Fields of Study3. The Need for the Science4. Components of SoP5. Sacred Tea Ceremony
  3. 3. Spirit of Place is defined as:the physical and spiritualelements that give meaning,value, emotion and mystery toplace.(ICOMOS Declaration on the Safeguard of the Spirit of Place, 2008)
  4. 4. Tangible elements:buildings, sites, landscapes, routes, objectsIntangible elements:memories, narratives, written documents,rituals, festivals, traditional knowledge,values, textures, colors, fragrances
  5. 5. TANGIBLE INTANGIBLE Physical Spiritual
  6. 6. TANGIBLE TANGIBLE INTANGIBLE INTANGIBLE Setting Personal Setting Personal Natural & Functional Spiritual & Social Psychological BuiltEnvironment
  7. 7. A System of Overlapping Layers
  8. 8. • Environmental Psychology – the relationship of humans to environment• Phenomenology – “Being in a Place”• Anthropology – humanity• Biology – living systems (Biophilia)• Ecopsychology – the relationship of humans to natural systems
  9. 9. • Geography –Topophilia & Geopiety• Western Medicine – The Science and Art of Healing• Eastern Medicine – Spirit, Qi or Chi• Green Building for physical health & sustainability• BLUE Building for Healing the Spirit?
  10. 10. Yoh Isogai and Catherine Dulac Harvard University 09/25/11http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44661255/ns/technology_and_science-science/?GT1=43001
  11. 11. The two most important needs in the aftermath of conflict: • to affirm a sense of identity • to regain control over one’s life People seek solace in that which is familiar and cherished (i.e., home)(ICCROM: Cultural Heritage in Postwar Recovery, Stanley-Price, 2005)
  12. 12. Physical connection to a place (Tangible) • The Physical Hearth – A Physical Home • Shelter is a fundamental needEmotional connection to place (Intangible) • A Virtual Hearth - Spiritual Shelter & Safety, Emotional Refuge, Relief, Rest • Kinship, Recognition, Belonging
  13. 13. • Processing of sensory / therapeutic stimuli• Multi-sensory: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell• Vegetation, Water, Sunlight & Shade• Energy – Feng Shui (Wind & Water), Qi, Ionic energy, Ley lines, Morphic fields• Restorative Value (Medicinal)
  14. 14. • Connection to a Higher Power or Cosmos• Connection to our ancestors• Understanding the “Story” –Authenticity• Emotions - Awe, Delight, Humor, Joy, Mystery, Surprise, Wonder, Fun• Compassion and Respect
  15. 15. Context – of the place, understanding thesetting (Design with Nature - Ian McHarg)Architectural style - beauty and authenticity(A Pattern Language - Christopher Alexander)Fundamentals - The Golden Mean & SacredGeometry; Scale, Balance Proportion, SymmetryAccessibility – Both Physical and Spiritual
  16. 16. Spirit of Place and Reconciliation: Pearl Harbor Sacred Tea Ceremony July 19, 2011U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released
  17. 17. Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke School of Tea prepares teato honor the deceased entombed at the USS Arizona Memorial and to pray for world peace U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico/RELEASEDU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released
  18. 18. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico/RELEASED
  19. 19. Pearl Harbor survivors Alfred Rodrigues, left, Rey Emory, and Sterling Cale,right, are honored at the USS Arizona Memorial Photo: AP 19, 201
  20. 20. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Mark Logico/RELEASED
  21. 21. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)Architectural & Environmental Phenomenology (EAP)Academy for Neuroscience and Architecture (AFNA)The Center for Health Design - Evidence-based DesignAccreditation and Certification (EDAC)ICOMOS – Declaration on the Safeguard of the Spirit ofPlace, 2008 (ICOMOS - Paris)ICCROM – Cultural Heritage in Postwar Recovery, 2008(ICCROM - Rome)
  22. 22. Healing Spaces – Esther Sternberg, MDView Through a Window - Roger Ulrich, Texas A&MA Pattern Language – Christopher AlexanderSacred Geometry – Robert LawlorThe Power of Limits – Gyorgi DocziGenius Loci – Christian Norberg SchulzDesign with Nature – Ian McHarg

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