On Place-ness of Place: ‘Dwelling’

By Fontaine Liu.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The concept of place is central to heritage conservation. By and large, however, the focus in respect of place has been on its physical aspects. Heidegger’s existential-phenomenological conceptualisation of place proffers new directions with regard to understanding the concept of place and its place-ness. This conceptual paper reflects upon Heideggerian place theory with its central theme of ‘dwelling’ – not as in the conventional sense of shelter or lodging but more significantly, as human implacement ‘in’ place – drawing upon the philosopher’s own thoughts, as well as those of seminal Heideggerian readers to establish the key operative ideas behind this line of thinking. The paper calls attention to the essential ‘gathering’, ‘the fourfold’ and ‘nearness’ that make possible place-ness of place through ‘dwelling'. Just as understanding what something is not, helps us in understanding what something is, the paper further contemplates on what it means to be placeless, that is,‘non-place’.

Keywords: Place, Place-Ness, Dwelling, Heritage Conservation, Heidegger, Gathering, Nearness, The Fourfold

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.189-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.190MB).

Dr Fontaine Liu

PhD Research Candidate, Design & Planning, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fontaine is presently a PhD research candidate in heritage conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She holds degrees in Master of Heritage Conservation (Honours), University of Sydney, Australia, 2005; Master of Business Administration (Accountancy), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 1992; and Bachelor of Accountancy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1984. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Singapore. Her academic honours include Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2006-2008; Research Prize, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney, 2008 & 2007; Rodney Connors Prize for Conservation Studies, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2006; Dean’s Honour’s List, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005, 2004; Major Assignment Prize in Development Finance, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 2005; Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Singapore, 1981; Ministry of Education Pre-U Scholarship, Singapore, 1979; and Prime Minister’s Book Prize, Singapore, 1975. Prior to her current academic undertaking, she has had extensive working experience in various industry sectors. Her academic works include previous publications in this journal.

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