Illustrates the important role planners play in constructing space, in light of the continuing importance of place as constitutive element in identity formation.
Urban Planning and Cultural Identity reviews the intense spatiality of conflict over identity construction in three cities where culture and place identity are not just post-modernist playthings but touch on the raw sensibilities of who people define themselves to be. Berlin as the reborn German capital has put 'coming to terms with' the Holocaust and the memory of the GDR full square at the centre of urban planning. Detroit raises questions about the impotence and complicity of planners in the face of the most extreme metropolitan spatial apartheid in the United States and where African-American identity now seems set on a separatist course. In Belfast, in the clash of Irish nationalist and Ulster unionist traditions, place can take on intense emotional meanings in relation to which planners as 'mediators of space' can seem ill equipped. The book, drawing on extensive interview sources in the case study cities, poses a question of broad relevance. Can planners fashion a role in using environmental concerns such as Local Agenda 21 as a vehicle of building a sense of common citizenship in which cultural difference can embed itself?
Table of Contents
01 Knowing your place: Urban planning and the 1 (16)
spatiality of cultural identity
02 Planning memory and identity I: 17 (56)
Acknowledging the past in the city of remorse
03 Memory and identity II: Erasing the past in 73 (38)
the city of the victors
04 Place-making and the failure of 111(46)
multiculturalism in the African American city
05 Cosmopolis postponed: Planning and the 157(62)
management of cultural conflict in the British
and/or Irish city of Belfast
06 Environmental citizenship as civic glue? 219(10)