Unfinishedness of place and the place-making project

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2018
Rangraz, Sina
Since the emergence of the profession of urban design in the mid-20th century, the concept of “place” has played a significant role in the development of the surrounding discourse. However, this turn within the profession pertained to a degree of confusion when it comes to the rhetoric of placelessness and the associated place-making agenda. By not being exactly in opposition with that endeavor, this thesis attempts to suggest an alternative understanding of place through the concept of “unfinishedness of place”, suggesting that place is an inseparable entity of our existence, and that our efforts to enhance this crucial element of our daily lives are going to be endless. Within the context of this study, place is identified as a trans-historical socio-spatial phenomenon that its desideratum lies within the constant recognition, assessment and interpretation of human experience.