Yi-Fu Tuan, who took a humanistic approach to geography, elaborated the concept of “sense of place” that describes the set of subjective feelings and impressions that people attach to places based upon their perception and experiences of the place. In particular, Tuan identifies two kinds of places: places that are “public symbols” and places that are “fields of care.” According to Tuan “public symbols” such as St Louis gateway Arch have “high imageability” and yield their meaning to the eye, whereas “fields of care,” such as your neighbourhood or a local marketplace, are places that are inconspicuous visually and architecturally and people come to know these places after prolonged experiences with such a place.
After doing a close reading of the Yi-Fu Tuan essay that has been assigned for the first week of the course draw upon your own experience and write a short essay in which you
1) Describe the spirit and personality of a public symbol that is particularly meaningful to you
2) Describe a place that you consider a “field of care” and offer rich descriptions of how your long association with the particular “field of care” has given you a deep sense of its varied sights, sounds, smells, and textures.
less genetically diverse, rare breeds of animal have been pushed close to extinction, and habitats have been destroyed. Increasing demand for meat also puts pressure on agriculture (Marshall 2009). However factors such as climate change that may lead to rising temperatures, which is accelerated by our over consumption causing massive amounts of pollution and use of valuable resources is of great concern to the worlds carrying capacity and even with the advances in technology that humans succeeded in the future still looks grim. The six most widely grown crops in the world are wheat, rice, maize, soybeans, barley and sorghum. Results suggest that yields of maize, cotton and soybean drop by roughly 0.6 per cent for each “degree-day” spent above 29 °C. At present, agricultural regions across the US spend an average of 57 degree-days above 29 °C during the growing season. A growing season could rise to 413 degree-days by the end of the century (Barley 2009). As early as 2020 several countries in Africa are likely to experience a reduction in crop yields by up to 50%. Droughts in Kenya have become 4 times more common in the last 25 years. In 2009, Kenya has had its third failed harvest in a row. (Alagiah 2009) Overfishing of the world’s oceans has also led to great damage, causing population crashes in many species although in recent years, fish farms have become more widespread and they reduce the burden on wild fish but have problems of their own with escaping fish, excessive food consumption, infectious viruses and louse infestations (Barley 2009) The problem of increasing population makes the situation much more difficult to manage. It may be possible that human innovation and ingenuity will overcome any difficulties that mankind faces, although it does seem that the limit of the planets carrying capacity is close to reaching it’s peak; with depleting reserves of minerals, oil, agricultural yields and loss of biodiversity and that along with environmental changes in the world it will be difficult for the entire planet and that carrying capacity is a subject that needs careful consideration today.>GET ANSWER