Nasibe Charbgoo (Iran University of Science and Technology)

Topic: Urban Rhythms and Continuity of Place Meanings

Thursday 3 March, 12:30-13:30, Room BG West 270, BK, TU Delft



This work has been inspired by a major question links to the work of Kevin Lynch, who was concerned with the experience of time in cities: What about time in urban and design and planning? Asking such question supposes a standpoint that shows concern for a lack of attention – despite ample theorization to the concept of time in other sciences. Up to now, studding time in planning were limited to tracing the transformation of spatial patterns over time. But, our view on the domain of urban planning concerns itself primarily with the complex interaction of processes in time and space.
Usually, efforts for achieving to this continuous flow of time and embedding it in space lead to dominance of the sameness and lack of content and meaning in place. The speed of disembodied flows of information is frequently held to result in a ‘permanent breakdown in the flow of meaning from past to present, a break that would have us living in a perpetually disjuncture, isolated present’. In an effective planning in response to these issues the focus must be on places’ inherent temporal identity and include considerations of their temporal performance .
According to this and also the lack of literature about the time in the domain of urban planning, complex interaction of processes in time and space has been regarded. So we are engaging with the embodied temporal representations in the environment and we want to know how and to what extent they are compatible with the perception of continuity. In short, meanings can be embodied in persistent rhythm (time elements) of place. So, today part of cities which are context of huge changes are subject of searching for these kind of rhythm as they lead to continuity of place and meaning. Central district of Mashhad is one of those faced with huge amount of change in recent years.
This research has two part; theoretical part and experimental study. The theoretical part aims to investigate relation of time and meaning and in the experimental study we are going to test the details. In the rhythm analysis of the field, time of place is divided to its parts -rhythms- then we try to answer questions like; what are rhythm of place? How changes in the environment, would change the rhythm of a place? Which rhythms are persistent? And which types of rhythms make possible perception of place meaning and continuity? In this part, it is assumed that evaluating people remembrance would be helpful. This will be done by integrative methods of evaluation of perception and techniques such as observation and interviewing and other appropriate techniques.

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