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
References in classic literature ?
I'm a believer in the genius loci. You smile, Friend Watson.
Pohoda Festival, the largest of its kind in the country, welcomed 30,000 festival goers at the airport in Trenin, western Slovakia, over the past weekend, July 11-14, bringing the airport's genius loci back to life again.
"I'm always looking for the 'genius loci' of a place," replied Cage when asked about his experience of Cyprus.
But her first solo exhibition in the UAE, Genius Loci -- Central Asia, at Andakulova Gallery features mainly photographic works and a few videos from several well-known series created over the last decade.
The story is about the physical space of the Polish capital, she says, but also about the meaning attached to Warsaw's reconstruction and the way its genius loci, or pervading spirit was collectively understood and embraced, rejected, or contested.
De partida ha de permitir afrontar el entendimiento de las particularidades del territorio y su genius loci (2) (figura 5).
Por lo tanto, podria considerarse que el saldo que arroja el profundo ensayo de Bueno consiste en la revision del lugar y ascendiente que posee el relato en la teoria de la accion y del poder de Arendt, en el que cabe reconocer un enigma personal y colectivo--que, como el viejo daimon griego o como un genius loci, acompana de continuo al agente--, antes que una solucion que pudiera ahorrar el esfuerzo para decidir y realizar la accion que requiera la situacion de cada momento.
If his next slow film features silent dancers in slow motion, with freeze frames serving as highlights after every three or four scenes, while the allegorical narrative serves up painful reality in spades, why, then that'll just be one more step in his resolute path through genius loci. Steadfastly, he invokes and preserves the spirit of place.
In their statements, the inhabitants also paid attention to the specifics of the location, the so-called genius loci, urban-architectural structure of the city and landscape values of its surroundings.
Unseen forces, such as sandy soil, subterranean springs or some sort of reluctant genius loci (spirit of the place) were blamed for the failure and not much has changed in this perception to the present-day, despite all engineering accomplishments.
As Christian Norberg-Schulz noted in his Genius Loci,
Murano is the genius loci of Venice--it's the spirit of the city, and the glass tradition here is more than 1,050 years old.