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The Embodiment of Place: Studying Through the Lens of French Architecture

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Taylar Jensen

How we perceive the world around us and what gives a place its identity can largely be perceived through the built structures we are constantly surrounded by. Place identity can be defined as design features, architectural elements, the building process, materiality, symbolism, texture, and color. Characteristics such as context, environment, and architectural elements can give meaning to a place helping us discern one from another. Identity helps define the connection between the built environment and culture. In order to understand how the built environment affects the identity of a place, this study looks at the top ten places to visit in France. The study of these locations will be broken down into how many pertain to built structures and environments. Key characteristics such as motifs, ornamentation, building style, materials, etc. will be examined and studied. From these findings and noticing similarities between the ten locations, we will determine if place identity has to do with the built structures in said place. We will identify the identity of the place and how the culture and environment shaped the architecture. Or how the architecture shaped the culture and environment. The ten locations being studied will include The Eiffel tower, Miser de louvre, chateau de Versailles, cote d Azur, mint saint Michael, Loire valley chateaux, cathedral notes dame Chartes, Provence, Chamonix Mont Blanc, Alsace villages. This study aims to reveal that the identity of a place can be identified through the built structures it is surrounded by. Key architectural details can speak the name of a place better than words and communicate culture to all educated levels just by being perceived through the lens of your eye.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A12
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Ro