Theorizing the Critical Placemaking: Impact of Creative Ambiance on Social Activities

Theorizing the Critical Placemaking: Impact of Creative Ambiance on Social Activities

Aya Elgobashi (Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt) and Yasmeen Mohamed Elsemary (Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3856-2.ch008
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Abstract

All over the world, lots of challenges are affecting the urban development of spaces in the cities, especially spaces attached to the heritage site. It provides various ambiances that touch the senses of the users. Although the attached public space to heritage sites is full of rich, deep knowledge and plays an active role in the community, it was neglected. Those spaces contribute to the entrenchment of culture and social heritage of the community to let future generations get benefit from it. In this chapter, the researchers theorize the “critical placemaking” with creative ambiance as a tool for successful attached to public spaces. This has been drawn from key concepts in environmental psychology of the users such as physical environment, atmosphere, and services environment. The proposed framework seeks to theorize the processes of placemaking and its key concepts and how it helps in the preservation process. The argument that the placemaking process needs a creative ambiance, which contributes to transforming community narratives and that space, becomes more inclusive.
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History is the backbone of every societal development, and historic buildings and spaces attached are an integral part of history (Heintzelman & Altieri, 2013). Historic preservation is to sustain the process to get the place to be the same as it was in the past to let the future generations get a lot of benefit from it in the form of historical and cultural resources to include elements from the built environment such as buildings, structures, objects, and districts; landscape features, including significant trees and plantings, hardscape, fountains, lighting, sculptures, signs and other natural or designed features (Heintzelman & Altieri, 2013).

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