Northern Ireland has a complex urbanism with multi-layered socio-spatial politics. In this environment issues of communication, self-representation and expression of identity are central to the experience of urban space and architecture where the dichotomy of division and shared living are spatially exercised in everyday life. Unlike other studies in the area, this book focusses on the everyday experiences of local communities in both public and private spheres - issues of ‘shareness’ - challenging conventional approaches to divided cities. The book aims to layer its narratives of architectural and social developments as an urban experience in post-conflict settings over the past two decades.
PART I: THE MAKING OF THE IRISH CONDITION
Chapter One Architecture and Spatial Memory in Post-Conflict Urbanism
Chapter Two The Condition of Change and Shareness in the Northern Irish City
Chapter Three Spatial Memory and the Shaping of Public Space in Belfast
PART II: ARCHITECTURE & SPATIAL MEMORY IN RUAL AND URBAN ENVIRONMENTS
Chapter Four The Architecture of the Linen Mills and the Social History of Rural Ulster
Chapter Five Defensive Architecture and the Shaping of the Urban Experience,
Chapter Six Community Architecture and the Question of Spatial Agency
Chapter Seven Spatial Voids and the Integration of Urban Parks,
PART III: UNDERSTANDING SPATIAL PRACTICE & PLANNING IN DIVIDED CITIES
Chapter Eight Landscape of Difference: Intertextual Encounters of Urban Justice in Derry
Chapter Nine Intertextual Spaces: Young People’s Memories of Segregation in Derry
Chapter Ten Images of Social Memory and the Construction of Division in Belfast’s Contested Spaces,
Chapter Eleven Derry’s Siege Monument and the New Segregated Urbanism,
CODA: What lies ahead?
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