Place and city: toward urban intelligence

Albert Acedo, Marco Painho, Sven Casteleyn, Stéphane Roche

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Place, as a concept, is subject to a lively, ongoing discussion involving different disciplines. However, most of these discussions approach the issue without a geographic perspective, which is the natural habitat of a place. This study contributes to this discourse through the exploratory examination of urban intelligence utilizing the geographical relationship between sense of place and social capital at the collective and individual level. Using spatial data collected through a web map-based survey, we perform an exhaustive examination of the spatial relationship between sense of place and social capital. We found a significant association between sense of place and social capital from a spatial point of view. Sense of place and social capital spatial dimensions obtain a non-disjoint relationship for approximately half of the participants and a spatial clustering when they are aggregated. This research offers a new exploratory perspective for place studies in the context of cities, and simultaneously attempts to depict a platial–social network based on sense of place and social capital, which cities currently lack.

Original languageEnglish
Article number346
Number of pages21
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018


  • Sense of place
  • Social capital
  • Spatial dimension
  • Urban intelligence


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