Narratives of spatial division: the role of social memory in shaping urban space in Belfast

Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924 and Selim, G., 2014. Narratives of spatial division: the role of social memory in shaping urban space in Belfast. Journal of Civil Engineering & Architecture, 8 (6), pp. 746-760. ISSN 1934-7359

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The paper examines the role of shared spaces in divided cities in promoting future sustainable communities and spaces described as inclusive to all. It addresses the current challenges that prevent such inclusiveness and suggests future trends of its development to be of benefit to the wider city community. It explains how spaces in divided cities are carved up into perceived ownerships and territorialized areas, which increases tension on the shared space between territories; the control of which can often lead to inter-community disputes. The paper reports that common shared space in-between conflicting communities takes on increased importance since the nature of the conflict places emphasis on communities’ confidence, politically and socially, while also highlighting the necessity for confidence in inclusion and feeling secure in the public domain. In order to achieve sustainable environments, strategies to promote shared spaces require further focus on the significance of everyday dynamics as essential aspects for future integration and conflict resolution.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Civil Engineering & Architecture
Creators: Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M.G. and Selim, G.
Publisher: David Publishing
Date: 7 June 2014
Volume: 8
Number: 6
ISSN: 1934-7359
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Jun 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:15

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