Exploring place-making in the Vredefort Dome, South Africa: A mixed-method approach

  • Tarina Jordaan North-West University, South Africa
  • Karen Puren North-West University, South Africa
  • Vera Roos North-West University, South Africa
Keywords: Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, space, interior, exterior landscapes


Any space – interior, exterior and landscapes – becomes a place to which people attach meaning. The process where by meaningful space or a sense of place is formed is rarely considered in developmental planning. This article argues for an interdisciplinary approach to the identification of different types of meaning attached to the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, and proposes a methodology for assessing these as an aid to sensitive development interventions in such precious places.


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