The Global and Local Urban Identity


The notion of urban identity has been the subject of many researches. In the era of globalization, the impact of urban change and the challenges which faces the local urban identity of the city increases. Some cities are experiencing a serious struggle with the issue of identity in various ways while they are exerting a great effort in its architectural character to be recognized among world cities. These cities are exposed to enormous forces that tend to assimilate its urban character to serve the interests of the new world order. The difficulty of deciding which trend of urban development suitable for the city creates struggles of keeping their Local Urban Identity which changes and takes different forms as a result of such struggles. The goal of this paper is to highlight different trends of global urban development and their impact on the Local Urban Identity of the city. The paper analyzes different approaches for urban development in cities for significant theorists and organizations regarding the issues of the impact of globalization on culture and local identity. Some Conceptions analyzes globalization and its associated cultural consequences and others introduces main approaches that deal with the issue of urban identity in support of urban development. The analysis of such conceptions and approaches will highlight the conflict of Global versus Local Identity as well as the importance of following a planned process of deciding which trend of urban development to be approached by the city in order to maintain its local urban identity.

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Rania Shafik, National Research Center, Egypt
Hussam Salama, National Research Center, Egypt

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Conference: GLOBAL2016
Stream: Cultural Studies

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