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The Interplay between Urban Densification and Place Change in Tehran; Implications for Place-Based Social Sustainability

Dianati, Vafa; (2021) The Interplay between Urban Densification and Place Change in Tehran; Implications for Place-Based Social Sustainability. Sustainability , 13 (17) , Article 9636. 10.3390/su13179636. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent scholarship on urban social sustainability has redirected its attention to the role of place-based theories and practices in achieving and sustaining social outcomes. The notion of place and its centrality in everyday life of urban citizens could be used as an anchor point to study urbanisation processes and rapid urban changes. This paper employs a place-based framework of urban social sustainability in parallel to a framework of ‘place transformation’ to examine the consequences of soft densification on place attachment at the neighbourhood level in Tehran, Iran. Through analysing sixteen semi-structured interviews with residents, this paper argues that the temporal element of soft densification makes it a place undermining process, eradicating individual and collective place memory through resetting the time of the place. Moreover, the findings highlighted parallel trajectories in the meanings associated to place by residents which underscore the contradiction between ‘lived space’ and ‘conceived space’. Furthermore, it was found that loss of place attachment due to urban densification commonly leads to passive modes of response such changing lifestyle and daily routines, and voluntary relocating to adapt to the new socio-spatial order.

Type: Article
Title: The Interplay between Urban Densification and Place Change in Tehran; Implications for Place-Based Social Sustainability
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/su13179636
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179636
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Green & Sustainable Science & Technology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Science & Technology - Other Topics, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, place, social sustainability, place attachment, urban densification, ATTACHMENT, POLITICS, REFLECTIONS, FORM, COMMUNITY, GEOGRAPHY, IDENTITY, POLICIES, SCIENCE, CITIES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10149692
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