Planning and Place in the City Mapping Place Identity

Marichela Sepe

Published by Routledge

January 2013 | 352pp | Hb: 978-0-415-66475-2; Pb: 978-0-415-66476-9

Under the influence of globalization, the centres of many cities in the industrialised world are losing their place identity, the set of cultural markers that define a city’s uniqueness and make it instantly recognisable. A key task for planners and residents, working together, is to preserve that unique sense of place without making the city a parody of itself. In Planning and Place in the City, Marichela Sepe explores the preservation, reconstruction and enhancement of cultural heritage and place identity. She outlines the history of the concept of place- making, and sets out the range of different methods of analysis and assessment that are used to help pin down the nature of place identity. This book also uses the author's own survey-based method called PlaceMaker to detect elements that do not feature in traditional mapping and identifies appropriate planning interventions. Case studies investigate cities in Europe, North America and Asia, which demonstrate how surveys and interviews can be used to draw up an analytical map of place identity. This investigative work is a crucial step in identifying cultural elements which will influence what planning decisions should be taken in the future. The maps aim to establish a dialogue with local residents and support planners and administrators in making sustainable changes. The case studies are amply illustrated with survey data sheets, photos, and coloured maps.
Innovative and broad-based, Planning and Place in the City lays out an approach to the identification and preservation of place and cultural heritage suitable for students, academics and professionals alike.

Contents: Foreword by Taner Oc 1. Introduction Part 1: New Places in the Contemporary City
2. Concept of Place 3. Place Identity 4. Places of Residence 5. Urban Containers 6. Networks and Infrastructures 7. Places of Perceptions 8. Monitored Areas Part 2: PlaceMaking 9. The Visual Language 10. The Perception of Urban Form 11. Evolution in Placemaking 12. Virtual Approach 13. Lateral Approach 14. Nomadic Approach 15. Multiscale Approach 16. Configurational Approach 17. Complex-sensitive Approach 18. The PlaceMaker Method
Part 3: Case Studies 19. Preserving Identity: Rome 20. Preserving Identity: Boston 21. Reconstructing Identity: Kobe 22. Reconstructing Identity: San Francisco 23. Enhancing Identity: London 24. Enhancing Identity: Barcelona 25. Enhancing Identity: Helsinki
26. Conclusion