Genus loci

Genus loci

The prevailing spirit of a place, implying the conscious act of developing the character of a given place rather than imposing a foreign character on it.
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As with any program, park, or event, there has to be something special--a genus loci that sparks curiosity and connection.
Genus Loci is a surprisingly dense book made even more so by Deming's relentless questioning of our assumptions about the relationships among nature, humans, art, and history.