- The new urban Memory    click here to open paper content97 kb
by    Postalcý, Ece & Kuruç Ada, Ayþegül & Ozbek Eren, Ymre | ecepostalci@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The ambiguity of identity takes place when the city may not represent its differences due to repeating and interrupted urban memory.
One of the definitions of history states, History is a ‘dynamic process that is formed by the activities of human being through a dialectic evaluation.’ ,. It is just possible to constitute a memory that is remembered only by the way of putting thoughts in time and space frames through this context. Memory is not only a fact constituted of reminiscence that has continuity, but also is a system of codes which are dynamically refreshed all the time. It also keeps the perceptual knowledge and the image that is formed by this way makes a connection between the real and perceptual world. From this point of view it is possible to define ‘cities as a space that is the reflection of collective memory.’
The imageability of the cities is also as important as the historical, political economic and cultural processes of the cities for the legibility of space. The fastest experience of space is probably the visual perception of the images that constitute city identity. According to Mazzoleni, ‘it is the visual space that defines the city in a dimensional way.’
The images created by overlooking this fact, are repeating images, serve as building up a redundant, non original environment rather than helping to create continuum.
“Urban Meaning” depends on the long term development of the city.
The new urban memory formed as a result of experiencing this environment, is induced with freshly created but neither original nor different images.
This paper aims to emphasize the importance of the relationship between whole and part through the context of both physical and socio-cultural facts in macro and micro processes for the contemporary space production methods consider as an answer to the ontological components of man’s necessity of ‘being in somewhere’ and redefining himself. This situation causes the formation of artificial spaces that are produced as a response to the lost of meaning. The interaction between urban design, architecture and other disciplines should fasten the integration of city in this process by improving the quality of urban life.
urban memory, imageability,identity
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