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  • n. The love of place.


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From Ancient Greek τόπος (topos, "place") + -philia Coined by American poet W.H. Auden (1947), used by French phenomenologist Gaston Bachelard (1958), and made popular by geographer Yi-Fu Tuan in his essay and book Topophilia (1961 and 1974).


  • On deck for the coming week: finish an essay tentatively titled "topophilia" for Nature Chemistry, column for the Catholic Standard & Times and two chapters for The Book.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The 30 fiercely imagined stories in Jon McGregor's collection share an extraordinary topophilia: each bears as its subtitle the name of a fenland town or village, and even in tales that range widely across space and time we never lose touch with the flat Lincolnshire landscape.

    This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor – review

  • Drawing on the seemingly unrelated histories of landscape painting, traffic safety, and topophilia as defined by the Chinese-American geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, Wells incorporates the codes and conventional practices of yellow and white road lines into a variety of unexpected contexts.


  • (See second ad; via topophilia.) 3) On France in China, at Super Colossal, wherein Marcus Trimble wonders whether a residential development in Hangzhou, China is evidence that “France is making a backup copy of itself” and that China is the “USB external hard-drive of the French built environment.”

    Prunings XXXIV


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  • I like it!

    September 1, 2008

  • Coined by Yi-fu Tuan, professor emeritus of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Tuan defines topophilia as "the affective bond between people and place."

    September 1, 2008

  • I would go, just because of the name :-)

    July 7, 2008

  • I received an invitation today to an art exhibition named Topophilia - Love of the Land.

    July 7, 2008