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Identity of Cities and City of Identities


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 15-83
  4. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 85-111
  5. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 113-132
  6. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 133-178
  7. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 179-244
  8. Ali Cheshmehzangi
    Pages 245-261

About this book


This book explores the hybridity of urban identities in multiple dimensions and at multiple scales, how they form as catalysts and mechanisms for urban transitions, and how they develop as city branding strategies and urban regeneration methods. Due to rapid globalisation, the notion of identity has become scarcer, more fragile, and inarguably more important. Given the significance of place and displacement for contemporary everyday life, and the continuous advancement of technologies, identifying relations and values that define humans and their environments in various ways has become crucial. 

Divided into seven chapters, this book provides extensive coverage of ‘urban identity’, an often-overlooked topic in the fields of urbanism, urban geography, and urban design. It approaches the topic from a novel dual perspective, by exploring cities with tangible commonalities and shared strategies for refining their identities, and by highlighting cities and urban environments characterised by multiple identities. Based on a decade of research in this field, the book provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on urban identity. In addition to comprehensive information for students, it offers a key reference guide for urbanists, urban designers and geographers, architectural and urban practitioners, decision-makers, and governing bodies involved in urban development strategies.


Urban Identity Identity Urban Design Spatial Relations Placeness Place Identity Urban Catalyst Social Values Place Making Identity of Cities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Built EnvironmentUniversity of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboChina

About the authors

Ali Cheshmehzangi, urbanist/urban designer by profession, is Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is also Director of the Urban Innovation Lab, which is pursuing two on-going projects on ‘eco-urbanism’ and ‘organic urban regeneration’. Ali is the co-author of three books: Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change; Eco-Development in China (Springer Award 2018); and Designing Cooler Cities.

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