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Water, Cities and Identity

Korolija Fontana-Giusti, Gordana Water, Cities and Identity. In: Water and Civilisation Conference, UNESCO Paris, 1-4 December 2005, UNESCO Paris. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:10667)

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The paper aims to contribute to the overall agenda of Water and Civilisation by highlighting the concept of civilisation and the role of the city in relation to water.

The concept of civilisation can be traced back to the concept of civitas which is term derived from civis, the citizen. They both relate to the concept of the city - as civitas refers to the society consisted of citizens. This paper aims to explore the nature of the deeply rooted phenomenon that cities and water always somehow come together and interlink on many levels.

There are three main types of cities on water in which this intriguing relationship develops: the city on the river, the city on the lake and the city at seaside/ocean.

At each of these instances we can observe conditions in relation to which the life and identity of the city develops. Particular case in point for this paper is to investigate the perception and comprehension of cities' identity.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Projects: Agora Cities for People
Additional information: This paper was delivered at this conference in Paris. Similar version was presented at the International Conference on Waterfronts, Novi Sad, Serbia, March 2006. This version has been published in the event related book.
Uncontrolled keywords: water, cities, identity, waterscapes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Funders: European Commission (
Depositing User: Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 16:33 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:39 UTC
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