genius loci

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ge·ni·us lo·ci

 (jē′nē-əs lō′sī′, -kē, -kī)
1. The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.
2. The guardian deity of a place.

[Latin genius locī : genius, spirit + locī, genitive sing. of locus, place.]

genius loci

(ˈdʒiːnɪəs ˈləʊsaɪ)
1. the guardian spirit of a place
2. the special atmosphere of a particular place
[genius of the place]

ge•ni•us lo•ci

(ˈgɛn ɪˌʊs ˈloʊ ki; Eng. ˈdʒi ni əs ˈloʊ saɪ, -kaɪ)

n. Latin.
1. guardian of a place.
2. the distinctive atmosphere of a place.

genius loci

A Latin phrase meaning the spirit of a place, used to mean the typical atmosphere or ambience of a place.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.genius loci - the special atmosphere of a place
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
2.genius loci - the guardian spirit of a place
guardian angel, guardian spirit - an angel believed to have special affection for a particular individual
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Here the genius loci is so thoroughly embedded in a place that, in lieu of an anthology of poems narrating these traditions, one must have a guide or guidebook that leads one to the haunted site itself.
These signboards (realized in 2001 and 2002) are in fact little paintings, executed by McEwen in flashe on paper without the slightest hint of a brushstroke, Hung last year (and in the summer of 2003) inside the always-locked glass door of Chelsea's Wrong Gallery, an exhibition space maybe a foot deep, "Fuck Off We're Closed" did rather accord with the genius loci, where the attitude might be summarized as "Fuck Off We're Cool.
Today's challenge is not one of enticing residents back into this marvellous neighbourhood, but rather how to continue with the Jewellery Quarter's regeneration with a sensitivity that can ensure that its historic businesses and its genius loci continue to flourish alongside new homes, shops and other amenities.
Inspired, on the one hand, by the genius loci, Paris, which at the time of the congress was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, inspired, on the other hand, also by the revolutionary changes taking place in the fall of 1989 in East Germany and Eastern Europe, Garber and Wismann linked the development of the academic societies to the evolution of "a democratic tradition.
Si medziaga padeda placiau interperetuoti istorinius faktus, suvokti miestovaizdzio raida, nusviecia miesto charakteri, genius loci (NorbergSchulz 1980), kuriuo vadovaujantis siandiena galime pratesti Vilniaus senamiescio ir gretimu teritoriju dinamiska pulsavima praktikoje.
The diva genius loci held the right wall, a woman in traditional Alpine costume, with a heavy skirt, lace shawl, and crown-like headdress.
The overall process was professionally managed by genius loci architekturcontor, Dipl.
Terry has designed well-crafted buildings that have weathered gracefully, which is more than can be said of Modernist work approved by the Establishment, yet he and his architecture are hated by those for whom grace, respect for the genius loci, and a coherent architectural language mean nothing.
More interesting would be to try to discover if there still exists a Tuscan genius loci, an identifiable regional quality that emerges through some artistic sentiment or stylistic choice; and indeed, something of the sort can be discerned.
The genius loci of Caracas feeds a peculiar appetite for the irregular and the intermittent; it summons the bizarre.
They were topographical painters, who aspired to capture, not just the physical lineaments of the terrain they depicted, but its very genius loci.