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Identity of Cities and City of Identities

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  • Covers the unique topic of urban identity, which is often overlooked
  • Explores a broad range of urban identities from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Addresses contemporary issues, e.g., city identity formation, transitions, and branding

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This book explores the hybridity of urban identities in multiple dimensions and at multiple scales, how they form as catalysts and mechanisms for urban transitions, and how they develop as city branding strategies and urban regeneration methods. Due to rapid globalisation, the notion of identity has become scarcer, more fragile, and inarguably more important. Given the significance of place and displacement for contemporary everyday life, and the continuous advancement of technologies, identifying relations and values that define humans and their environments in various ways has become crucial.

Divided into seven chapters, this book provides extensive coverage of ‘urban identity’, an often-overlooked topic in the fields of urbanism, urban geography, and urban design. It approaches the topic from a novel dual perspective, by exploring cities with tangible commonalities and shared strategies for refining their identities, and by highlighting cities and urban environments characterised by multiple identities. Based on a decade of research in this field, the book provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on urban identity. In addition to comprehensive information for students, it offers a key reference guide for urbanists, urban designers and geographers, architectural and urban practitioners, decision-makers, and governing bodies involved in urban development strategies.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, China

    Ali Cheshmehzangi

About the author

Ali Cheshmehzangi, urbanist/urban designer by profession, is Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is also Director of the Urban Innovation Lab, which is pursuing two on-going projects on ‘eco-urbanism’ and ‘organic urban regeneration’. Ali is the co-author of three books: Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change; Eco-Development in China (Springer Award 2018); and Designing Cooler Cities.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Identity of Cities and City of Identities

  • Authors: Ali Cheshmehzangi

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-3962-6Published: 22 April 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-3965-7Published: 23 April 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-3963-3Published: 21 April 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 261

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 206 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Urban Geography / Urbanism (inc. megacities, cities, towns), Cities, Countries, Regions

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