Narratives of Spatial Division: The Role of Social Memory in Shaping Urban Space in Belfast

Clare Mulholland, Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Gehan Selim

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The paper examines the role of shared spaces in divided cities in promoting future sustainable communities and spaces described as inclusive to all. It addresses the current challenges that prevent such inclusiveness and suggests future trends of its
development to be of benefit to the wider city community. It explains how spaces in divided cities are carved up into perceived ownerships and territorialized areas, which increases tension on the shared space between territories; the control of which can often lead to inter-community disputes. The paper reports that common shared space in-between conflicting communities takes on increased importance since the nature of the conflict places emphasis on communities’ confidence, politically and socially, while also highlighting the necessity for confidence in inclusion and feeling secure in the public domain. In order to achieve sustainable environments, strategies to promote shared spaces require further focus on the significance of everyday dynamics as essential aspects for future integration and conflict resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-760
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


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