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Imaging Cities; Social Perception and Physical Composition; Case study of Pettah, Colombo

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Anoj Dhananjaya Pathinayaka ,

Post Graduate Student– Master of Urban Design, Dept. of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, LK
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Janaka Wijesundara

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

Today, it is seen that many cities in South East Asia are undergoing a rapid urban metamorphosis and transforming their physical compositions based on spatial and land use practices to fit to the globalization trends. Recent trends of promoting a city as a unique place have engaged in re-emerging their own city images. Under these concerns, both the physical and the social environments of cities are to be treated as a combined entity in strengthening the city image.

The study explores the makeovers in urban built environments discussing changing morphological patterns due to the urban transformation and planning interventions in urban settings (places) studying Pettah in Colombo City as a case. The research aims to inspect the social perceptions of such urban environmental trends assessing the city/place image. The social responsive study is analyzed with field investigation data of physical composition of the built environment of the selected case. A literature survey on corresponding urban studies figures out the parameters effective on the research, and the observations and findings through the questionnaires reinforces the final assessment and the discussion.

The research confirms that the social perception of a city image is strongly attached to the parameters of number of key social factors and physical factors. A creative composition of these two elements brings positive results in imaging cities/places and the parameters for the relationship of social perceptions and physical composition will be revealed.

Cities People Places: International Journal on Urban Environments Vol.1(1) 2015: 47-60

How to Cite: Pathinayaka, A.D. & Wijesundara, J., (2015). Imaging Cities; Social Perception and Physical Composition; Case study of Pettah, Colombo. Cities People Places : An International Journal on Urban Environments. 1(1), pp.47–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cpp.v1i1.3
Published on 17 Oct 2015.
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