genius loci


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ge·ni·us lo·ci

 (jē′nē-əs lō′sī′, -kē, -kī)
n.
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)
n
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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Anatol Rapaport's (1968) The Personal Element in Housing, John Turner's (1976) Housing by People, David Appleyard's (1979; Home, Yi-Fu Tuan's (1977) Space and Place, and Christian Norberg Schulz's (1980) Genius Loci are some of the works that have focused on the depiction of architecture as a way of identity expression or self realization.
Another essential of Ackroyd's London is the existence of areas within the city that are subject to peculiar temporal and special conditions as a result of which their genius loci has crucial influence on both the events happening in them and their inhabitants' lives, making the city "a place of echoes and shadows.
One would expect squalor or heaviness, some implicit genius loci, to color McCarty's modest American boxes, but they are deadpan and affectless.