Annie Anne Brinkman



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Space is one of the most basic foundational systems for living things. No matter what happens in the world, it happens in a spatial setting. The specific design of that setting or place plays a large role in the lives of those within it. Other factors within place—factors that might inform design choices—also affect perception of place. Broad consensus exists in scholarly literature about the general role that history, culture, environment and social factors play into the perception of place. However, a confirmatory analysis of this model, especially in regards to the specific categories influencing perception, has yet to be conducted. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to expand upon and further explore the notion of such categories in space analysis. I am looking to find if the application of this method will reveal varying differences in internal and external perceptions, and the level to which they may or may not vary. I am interested in further exploring the ways in which such knowledge can then lend itself to the creation of more informed and effective neighborhood-based design, especially centered on bridging potential gaps in understandings of place with Dayton, OH. It is hoped that this research will educate not only designers, urban planners, and community leaders, but also the broader public as to what is affecting the spaces they are functioning within. Success with this approach will provide a powerful social model for advancing communication across various levels of perception, as well as cultures and languages.

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Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Misty K. Thomas-Trout

Primary Advisor's Department

Visual Arts


Stander Symposium project

Perceiving Place: A Social Design Case Study