Places and Us

Research shows, that when we lose touch to places - when we are displaced - addiction and depression are more likely. Our identity and the place we find ourselves at are in a reciprocal relationship: I participate in giving existence to the place and the place participates in giving an identity to me. 

When I walk my dog in the park, the park is different from when I use it to hang out with friends. The park’s physical characteristics (the climate, the air quality, the composition of the soil) and social aspects (like the way it is used) form a milieu. Nature AND culture then constitute the milieu. The boundaries between these two dissolve.