The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of Built Environments

The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of Built Environments

Edited by Hernan Casakin, Ariel University Center of Samaria Israel and Fatima Bernardo, Technical University of Lisbon and University of Evora Portugal

As a contribution to previous literature dealing with identiry and the physical environment, this Book offers a deep insight about the role played by place identity with regard to architecture and the city. A major interest resides in exploring from a multidisciplinary perspective, how place identity affects and is affected by the bonds established between people and their environments. Considering that place identity is a controversial issue that continues to generate passionate discussion and not little discrepancy, this eBook is an attempt to contribute to this debate.

Chapter by Robert Adam – Identity and Identification: The Role of Architectural Identity in a Globalised World
People identify with the places they live and identify places as different. While there may be some relationship between these two types of identify, the way a place contributes to personal and community identity and the way people recognise different places are not the same thing. Both aspects of identity are, however, important to architects and urban designers. Architects and urban designers have a unique responsibility in their ability to transform and create the built symbols that contribute to the complex series of phenomena that make up the identity of people and communities. In this transforming and creative process designers will make – and will usually wish to make – buildings and places that are in some way distinctive. It is, however, possible for these two aspects of identity – and let us now call them identity and identification – to work in opposition to one another.

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