Walking in the City:

Discovering Sense of Place Through Movement

Walking in the City: Discovering Sense of Place Through Movement investigates walking as an everyday urban experience and as an integral dimension to the design of urban walkscapes, while envisioning walking as a manifestation of the body in the process of embodied learning. 


To more fully understand the practice of walking in cities and how the built environment affects the walker, a literature review on urban walking, along with a theoretical discussion regarding sense of place and the ways in which it is developed by walking, forms the theoretical content of the study. From a phenomenological perspective, the study discusses both the physical and experiential elements of urban space that contribute to the creation of place as experienced through movement.

McGill University

Research Report

Master of Architecture

Urban Design

Supervisor: Prof. Avi Friedman

Submitted: August 2018

Play is an act of creation: sculptors play with forms, painters play with colours, musicians play with sounds, dancers play with movement, the child plays with blocks. The process of play allows the individual the freedom to learn, to adapt, and to express him/herself in the world. The individual at play is in the process of becoming, where the movement of the imagination transforms one’s thoughts into creations. Walking as play is the creative expression of the self through movement."

It is in the practice of everyday life that learning happens, and spaces that facilitate this process remain in high demand. Everyday movement practices, like walking, require innovative design solutions to transform the city into a landscape for learning."

Walking in places that invite us to get lost in them are places where an affective bond may grow.”