Reading List | Some Place Like Home
This week, I began reading Some Place Like Home by Toby Israel. This book is wonderful although, admittedly, more dense than I would usually turn to, especially for a pleasure read. But truly - this seems to be one of the few comprehensive books on the market about not just the psychology of place or one's environment, but the the psychology of home specifically.
The below passage in Israel's introduction to the book is strikingly similar to the words I wrote in my very first blog post. She writes,
"... I have come to believe that
1. Our sense of self and sense of the environment are intimately and profoundly entwined;
2. The seeds of this connection between self and place are planted in childhood;
3. Our sense of self-place connection continues to grow and change throughout our lives;
4. That connection is shaped not only by the physical reality of our environment, but by the psychological, social/cultural, and aesthetic meaning that place holds for us.
5. We can become conscious of this meaning that place holds for each of us uniquely;
6. Such consciousness can help us create places that express a fulfilling self -place bond;
7. Those in the design world who shape our physical environment have a particular responsibility to help us reinforce this vital bond;
8. Design professionals who explore their own self-place connection can more consciously create fulfilling places for themselves and others whose lives they touch."
Can I get am amen?! Looking forward to seeing where this book goes.