Creative and Sustainable Town-Gown a Place Triad Genius Loci

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Implementing creative and sustainable urban planning initiates is rather challenging. This article argues that universities can become more relevant to underserved communities in their hinterlands by conducting town-gown citizen-science programs. Central to the article is a review of the most pertinent literature on public engagement, citizen-science, and other community based participatory methods utilized in the resolution of very complex health, social, environmental, and consumption problems. The research’s analytical mechanism is centered on the triad of Placeless, Place and Non-Place genius loci of socio-spatial town-gown interventions. The curricular and pedagogical innovations identified entail the strengthening of citizen-science and design thinking in both high school and university education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76–92
JournalEnvironment, Space, Place
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Feb 2022


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