Multi-sensory in the conception of place in an urban cultural heritage environment

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Eggi Septianto
Michael Isnaeni Djimantoro
Patricia Pahlevi Noviandri
Heru Wibowo Poerbo
Widjaja Martokusumo


Individuals' multi-sensory experiences play an essential role in understanding a place of cultural significance. Understanding urban area/environment in the conception of a place is not limited to physical aspects alone. This understanding contradicts to the common paradigm in cultural heritage conservation, which is still limited to improving physical quality based on visual senses. This study aims to discuss the role and potential of multi-sensory in understanding the concept of place, which is beneficial to the conservation of urban heritage areas. This study employs the content analysis method with data from library studies and field observations of cultural heritage areas in and around Gedung Sate, Bandung. The results demonstrate that multi-sensory perception plays a pivotal role and has the potential to facilitate the process of reading and understanding its sense of place. This discussion opened a new discourse to integrate non-physical aspects based on subject perceptions in discussions on urban heritage areas.


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Septianto, Eggi, Michael Isnaeni Djimantoro, Patricia Pahlevi Noviandri, Firmansyah, Heru Wibowo Poerbo, and Widjaja Martokusumo. 2023. “Multi-Sensory in the Conception of Place in an Urban Cultural Heritage Environment”. ARTEKS : Jurnal Teknik Arsitektur 8 (2), 271-82.
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Eggi Septianto, Doctoral Student in Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Architecture Study Program, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Institut Teknologi Nasional (ITENAS)

Firmansyah, Architectural Design Research Group, School of Architecture and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung



Heru Wibowo Poerbo, Architectural Design Research Group, School of Architecture and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung




Widjaja Martokusumo, Architectural Design Research Group, School of Architecture and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung




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