Cities Full of Symbols: A Theory of Urban Space and Culture by Peter J. M. Nas

By Peter J. M. Nas

From Jakarta to Leiden, from Buenos Aires to ny, structure presents even more than shelter—it presents massive cultural, political, and philosophical that means to boot. With towns packed with Symbols,Peter J. M. Nas brings jointly the world over popular sociologists, social geographers, and historians to discuss the function of architectural symbols within the city panorama. having a look in particular at 9-11 memorial designs, the layout of the town of Cape city as a remnant of Dutch colonialism, and just like the send washed ashore via a tsunami in Banda Aceh, this quantity may be of curiosity to students of structure, city layout, and policymaking.

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Examples are the ruins of buildings that have been attacked and destroyed (Figure 12). Other places which have been violated by attacks and bomb blasts display symbols of their own. These can be seen as memorials, placed as a tribute for the fatalities that occurred at the time. These symbols manifest themselves in the form of personified statues or sculptures with the name and moment of the attack; street paintings are also abundant (Figure 13). One of these exhibits pigeons and the text ‘Secure the sanctity of life’.

Since the municipal reclassification of 1965 and 1977, the city exists as we now see it, consisting of sixteen localities outside the center. Most of the historic and monumental buildings are found within the old center, spatial residential quarters determine the contemporary image of the localities. Since 2000, the population has been growing at a steady pace, also due to different groups of migrants who are now moving to the city. Ghent now has twenty-one nationalities: the largest migrant group is the Turkish community (Gent, Bruisend Authentiek; Gent in Cijfers 2007; Website Gemeente Gent).

Emotional symbolism The symbols of emotions in Colombo can be categorized as national, internal and local. The symbols reflecting emotions on a national level are related to the conflict and produced by the government or by its citizens. The international representation of the conflict has to do with the negative side of tourism. Furthermore the local symbolic reflection of emotions will be discussed by feelings the urban conditions generate. One of the important emotions that came forward in the interviews is fear.

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