Enhancing Identity through Streetscape Composition

Fouda, Sondos and Farghaly, Tarek and Ayad, Hani (2021) Enhancing Identity through Streetscape Composition. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 325-336. ISSN 2521-3938

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Each city or an urban space has a unique identity and a character of its own. Therefore, there is a special pleasure in looking at a city and its components. The lived experience added to a place is considered significant to people through time. Think of a city and directly its streets come to your mind, according to Jacobs (1961). People experience the city through moving in a linear path formed by elements, such as; building façades, trees, curbs, and other elements. Streetscape skeleton, along with other physical design elements, form the vista that any individual recognises when arriving at an urban place or a street. Due to the dynamic development of cities, a key question concerning the quality of life is always asked. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the standard indicators of the quality of life is physical and mental health, and social belonging. This paper aims to identify the most important physical features in streetscape design elements according to users, as well as showing which of the physical features could enhance identity and character of a place. Literature reviews and the analysis of a case study in downtown Alexandria in Egypt are used as the research methodology and procedures for this paper. The results show a hierarchical ranking of elements to take into consideration to design a future guideline or a framework to enhance the identity of a street or an urban space. Findings show that the Physical Setting is the most noticeable quality of place to users. It is also clear that the Softscape elements are considered the most important when answering the question of the important physical features with the largest impact on identity and sense of comfort.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Streetscape, Character, Urban Design, Identity, History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 12:25
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 17:23
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/760

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