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Locating identity; the concept of PLACE

Negin Najjar Azali.JPGInterview by: Bahram Hooshyar Yousefi One of the most fundamental concepts in urban study and architecture is the differentiating and understanding the stages of relationships characterized by "space" and "place". According to Malpas (1999, p. 36), “place” is an “open and interconnected region within which other persons, things, spaces, and abstract locations, and even one’s self, can appear, be recognized, identified and interacted with”.

In accordance with Martin Heidegger's argument of "Building Dwelling Thinking" (was written in the wake of the housing shortage after ww2 in: "Poetry, Language, Thought", 1971, p. 150-151), the relationship between man and space takes on the form of dwelling which is “to remain in place and to be situated in a certain relationship with existence, enabling the world to as it is”: “the basic character of dwelling is to spare, to preserve… dwelling itself is always a staying with things. Dwelling, as preserving, keeps the fourfold in that with which mortals stay: in things".
To be more clear, architectural/urban aspects are very sensitive to the issue of the place perception; whether we are equipped to develop a confrontation strategy related to the different challenges of urban/architectural context or not, we have to deal with the social consequences. By definition if we consider a "social urban place" as an integrated object includes our memories and life courses. In a contextual point of view, we identify ourselves with social spatial memories provided by the place we have been experiencing; on the other hand, a “place” without this potential would not respond the needs of the identical sociability and eventually the existence of urban places.
All of us, Somehow, have a perspective about a specific place. In architectural studies we know place as a phenomenon that recalling memories. According to Yi-Fu Tuan (2011), “…If we think of space as that which allows movement, then place is pause; each pause in movement makes it possible for location to be transformed into place...”. Basically, architects and urban designers make great efforts to achieve architectural/urban “places” obtaining the “long lasting memories”; by this continues striving, “place” would be the architectural aspect of the “space” which provides the ability/possibility of the creation of the so called memories.

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