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Towards place-sensitive urban interventions: an examination of the significant characteristics of place in selected urban nodes in Colombo

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Amanda Rajapakse ,

Postgraduate student in Architecture, LK
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Ranjith Dayaratne

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

"Place" is a concept that has received recent attention among architects, planners and urban designers. It is seen as a useful concept to examine and to be employed for planned interventions in the built-environment. Place is a spatial entity as well as a social-psychological entity. Its characteristics therefore are intertwined with these aspects. What are the .significant refinements of these characteristics that will elevate the quality of places and transform them to memorable cherished places? This was a research question that prompted an inquiry into the urban spaces whereby an attempt was made to recognize and emphasize the significant characteristics of place that will enable place-sensitive planned interventions in the city. The study based in Colombo examined in detail the characteristics of two selected places that mark them special and significant. The study proposes a theoretical construct of those characteristics that must be enhanced in planned interventions.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/besl.v1i1.7620
How to Cite: Rajapakse, A. & Dayaratne, R., (2016). Towards place-sensitive urban interventions: an examination of the significant characteristics of place in selected urban nodes in Colombo. Built-Environment Sri Lanka. 1(1), pp.23–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/besl.v1i1.7620
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Published on 28 Jul 2016.
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