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Place-Identity Research Issues – Impact on Practice and Policy

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  • Communication
  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Psychology

Abstract

Places maintain identity on different levels and dimensions (Twigger-Ross & Uzzell 1996); they are not only contexts, but also an integral part of identity (Hauge 2007)The spirit of time also stands out as important to the process of identification of a place (Castello 2010)A great number of people living in many cities talk of facing loneliness, alienation and “clone-city” phenomena”The process of inhabiting a house, a street, a neighbourhood, or a district is problematic to realms of psychology, sociology, geography and housing design. The factors involved in “place-design” are numerous, complex and cannot be merely narrowed down to a mix of form and styleFrom the meaning of home to communal memories and nowadays world of place experience, social integration and communicative action in superplaces all are important research issuesThis symposium will focus on the relationship between research issues on place-identity at the micro and macro levels and, their actual and possible impacts on design practice and policy with the intention of achieving social and environmental sustainable developmentPoints that need to be covered:i. Situating local place-identity within a global perspective.ii. Incorporating local identity in urban design and housing policy.iii. Adopting methods that would help integrate place-making and place identity.iv. Addressing issues of identity and place as keystones in the harmonious achievement of social and environmental sustainable development. Results of empirical research studies and reflections on substantial experiences will be discussed in order to identify practice and decision-making relevant results. In other words, the symposium will focus on points that strengthen the integration of research into practice and policy-making at both, the local and the global levels.

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