Sense of Community and Residential Space: Contextualizing New Urbanism within a Broader Theoretical Framework
Type
journal article
Year
2009
This study engages the planning and urban design literature as well as social theory to develop a nuanced understanding of issues related to neighborhood form and sense of community. The study analyzes the meaning of community from economic, social, and cultural perspectives. It contextualizes the New Urbanism use of physical design as a subtext for community within a broader theoretical context. The study revisits the New Urbanism design principle regarding the interface between the private and public realm and its relationship to the idea of place and social attachment. While questioning the relevance of the New Urbanism planning agenda to U.S. metropolitan formations, the study discussions underline the value of its design formula for the social life of residential neighborhoods. The multidisciplinary approach of this study unravels some of the confusion over sociospatial dialectics in general, and community and built environment in particular. It opens the door for further cross-disciplinary research aimed at understanding and potentially optimizing the relationship between people and their built environments.
Citation
Kashef, Mohamad. "Sense of Community and Residential Space: Contextualizing New Urbanism within a Broader Theoretical Framework," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 3, issue 3 (2009).
Parent Publications
Copyright
Mohamad Kashef
Country
United States
Language
English
Keywords
architectural design
building analysis and assessment
city and regional development
environment-behavior studies
research in architecture