Communicating the senses in policy

How can we find a vocabulary to express adequately the power and importance of the sensory for urban policy. The senses are central in mediating relationships between people and between people and environments. Buzz words in contemporary policy such as place-making, feel of place, atmosphere all indicate the importance of the sensory in framing our relationship to places. Spaces become places through our sensory engagements. The senses frame how we interact with ‘Others’ in the public sphere, sensory perceptions can built walls or foster engagement. Through a range of methods, pre- and post-evaluation of regeneration schemes suggested in this toolkit policy makers can start developing tools and mechanisms to integrate sensory evaluation into policy.

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