Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 9, No 1 (2017)

Phenomenon of Sense of The Place as an Integral Dimension of Cityscape Identity (Kaunas Case)

Ingrida Povilaitienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)
Jūratė Kamičaitytė-Virbašienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)


The paper intends to examine the sense of the place phenomenon. The generic hypothesis is that there are certain factors which determine a particular level of sense of the place and at the same time the overall place identity. In order to test this hypothesis, it is necessary: to overview concepts of cityscape identity and sense of the place and their research methodology; to identify residents’ sense of the place in the specific urban environment; to assess the significance of the sense of the place predictors distinguished in the related literature in the particular case; to find out what factors, according to the residents, are the most important to their place attachment; to reveal positive and negative aspects of the certain urban territories; to distinguish the most preferred areas from the total urban structure and to find out the reasons for the appeal; by summarizing the results, to identify the factors that enhance the sense of place, and thus the overall cityscape identity. Kaunas city and its neighbourhoods were chosen for the case study The methods of the research include: the overview of the scientific literature, the semi-structured interview with Kaunas residents; systematization, comparison and generalization of all collected data.

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2017-05-09

Keyword(s): identity; Kaunas; cityscape; preferred environment; place attachment; sense of the place.

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2017.996

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