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Three kinds of places

Hong Kong, 2016

Hong Kong, 2016

So what is a place? Before answering it, I want to state there can be three characteristics concerning about a place.

究竟何謂地方(或可稱場所)?在回答之前,我想指出,「地方」的特色大致有三種。

Look so special

看得來特別而已

A place can be so special and interesting. Cafe, restaurants and tourist sites can have their own unique architectures and meals with utensils. Visitors flock there also because of media reports. They plan to go there on weekends to take photos and share them on Facebook or Instagram. But after visiting, most of them will forget and will not visit again.

In order to arouse people’s concern and attract them to revisit, shop owners and museum curators introduce new elements into the place by updating menus and exhibition topics.

一種是視覺上看起來很有趣和特別的地方,例如咖啡店、餐廳、景點,有著特別的建築、特別的餐飲、特別的餐具。人們會想去一趟的原因,有很大部分的原因來自媒體或網誌的報導。規劃在周末日前往,拍照、在FB或IG打卡,一次以後並沒有再探訪的理由,也會慢慢的淡忘。

既然人們沒有主動打算再訪,那麼該地方的人或組織,如店家、博物館策展人員,都會定期更新地方裡的內容,如換菜單、展覽主題,再次於媒體上「發聲」吸引消費者前次前往。

Hong Kong, 2016

Hong Kong, 2016

Hong Kong, 2016

Hong Kong, 2016

 

As a part of daily life

日常生活

A place can be a part of one’s daily life. It can fit people’s current lifestyle, and it itself can become a new part of it. The former can refer to cafe in response to people’s need of a quiet and comfortable area to immerse themselves in their tasks and assignments. More and more cafes available and customers become more productive and creative. Some guesthouses with quiet environment attract people to come alone to relax and refresh themselves.

另一種與人們日常生活有關。可以是因為回應人們現有的生活習慣,也可以是成為人們生活的部分。前者包括咖啡店:因為人們本身需要完成工作和課業,需要有一個適合他們的環境,因為咖啡店愈來愈多,所以他們多前來一個讓他們增加生產力和創意的氛圍中。有些民宿提供了寧靜的環境,讓需要聆聽自己聲音的單人偶爾前來,整理心情而重新出發。

Taichung, 2015

Taichung, 2015

The latter can be new transport terminals or new bookstores. A new terminal or transfer can change people’s ways of commuting. A new bookstore allows people to get in touch more with books. If a bookstore can have a comfortable reading space, customers can get into habit and love reading. Sure they will visit the bookstore again!

後者可以是新的車站或新的書店:新的車站或轉車站改變了人的通勤方式,以致每天都需要經過;新的書店讓人們多了接觸書籍,如果書店提供舒適的閱讀空間,那麼可能有消費者從本來不閱讀,變得愈來愈喜歡閱讀,也會經常再訪書店。

New York, 2012

New York, 2012

 

Emotional attachment and human interaction

情感、互動交流的場所

A place like a small and independent shop can let people love it and have an emotional attachment with it. Nice people can contribute to intimacy with others in a place. Backpacker hostels are typical examples. Some can strive a balance between meeting great people easily and being alone, while some are party hostels which do not leave any privacy. In a coffee shop, shop owners can customers can exchange ideas and thoughts on coffee.

Emotional attachment does not only occur among humans, but also architecture and space arrangement so that people will feel relieved inside, and they will come again.

有一種場所,容易讓人們對該地方有一種情感上的連結,很多人說喜歡小店或獨立小店,覺得老闆很有人情味,形成一種親切感。因為這種比較少距離的,容易讓人們在場所中與其他人交流,不限於店主,也包括其他的客人。背包旅館是一個很常見的例子,有些旅館提供放心讓人們互相認識的空間,即使是內向的人,但同時又提供個人獨處的時光;也有些旅館沒有這方面的特色;有些完全是party hostel,只有群居吵鬧卻沒有個人隱私。咖啡店其實也可以擔當這種角色,至少是老闆與客人之間關於咖啡和生活的交流。

不過,情感並不一定是人與人之間,有時間場所的建築外部和內部裝潢,讓人對此產生親切感、安心、無壓力,所以會常到訪。

New York, 2012

New York, 2012


Some places have only its exteriors without meanings. Some without stunning appearance can be loved by people and play an important role in their daily life. Some possess all the characteristics above. For me, a place should carry meanings in which people can develop emotional attachment and can meet people to exchange ideas and thoughts so easily. A meaningful place can make people come more, and their activities can generate more and more new meanings.

If good places increase in a city, people will like the city. Traveling there can bring unique and unforgettable memories. Living there can bring new life experiences and inspirations.

有些場所或場域,只有樣貌;有些地方沒有特別引人注目的外觀但成為人們生活的一部分,甚至讓人建立與它的情感連結;有些兼具了以上三種特徵。但於我來說,能夠建立情感、互動和交流空間的場所,才能產生意義,才讓人偶爾主動再訪,甚至更多新的意義來。

如果一個城市這樣的地方愈多,相信人們會更喜歡那個城市。在旅行帶來深刻獨特的回憶;在這裡生活,每天都帶來新的體驗和啟發。

New York, 2012

New York, 2012

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