"Spirit of Place ("Genius Loci") is a phrase generally used to encompass the whole range of psychological and spiritual effects landscapes and places have upon humans. Much scholarly research exists, but until now has been piecemeal in scope, focused on specific places or catagories. Nor has there been a critical examination of the epistimological or methodological bases of these studies. The author sees a need for a general theory with a clear, thought out philosophical orientation, based on existing material, to guide further research and to insure that the results can be used for design guidelines by practicing landscape architects and land use planners. Presented here is an initial framework for investigating Spirit of Place in a systematic manner. The framework is planned to rest upon a comprehensive survey of the existing literature, including anthropolgic data on mythic representations , as well as developmental psychology findings. The data from these "study populations" (ethnic groups, children, etc.) is proposed to be analysed using both psychological and structural methods, in order to develop criteria for a Spirit of Place checklist of values. These in turn will be tested on "test populations" of modern-day users of open space, parks, housing schemes,mixed use planned developments and the like,and from this a solid body of hard data on the psychological and mythic meanings of place for present-day populations will emerge, so that subsequent design guidelines will have an uncontestable legitimacy. Because this is the first framework to be built on a clear phoenomeno]ogical and structural base, and is global in scope, the author presents his work in initial format only, and expects to receive extensive input from lAPS 12 attendees, to insure its universality."