Building a Sense of Place in an Information Era: Accessibility, Connectivity and Travel

This proposed work examines the relationships among: (i) sense of place; (ii) non-motorized sustainable travel choices and accessibility; and (iii) adoption and use of mobile information and communication technologies (ICT). A guiding principle in designing the built environment for sustainability and livability is a sense of place which leads users and visitors to perceive and associate a strong identity or character with a particular location. For sense of place, the literature agrees on the following characteristics associated with the setting: (i) physical characteristics; (ii) user perceived affects and meanings; (iii) human activities taking place; and (iv) social interactions. Integral to these defining dimensions is the perception of accessibility of the space or setting, which is likely impacted by widespread adoption of mobile ICT, such as smartphones and tablets. In an information era, the ability of mobile ICT to provide ubiquitous information and communication across multiple timeframes and geographies has expanded interaction with the location to include both physical and virtual interactions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $148259.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Thorson, Ellen

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Brighton, NY   
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Roger

  • Start Date: 20150601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39758

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01565949
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-24-27
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2015 1:00AM