I. Povilaitienė “Assessment and modelling of the identity of cityscape” doctoral dissertation defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Ingrida Povilaitienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jūratė Kamičaitytė (Kaunas University of Technology, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003)

Dissertation Defence Board of History and Theory of Arts Field of Science:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vaidas Petrulis (Kaunas University of Technology, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003) – pirmininkas
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Indrė Gražulevičiūtė – Vileniškė (Kaunas University of Technology, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomas Grunskis (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003)
Prof. Dr. Gintaras Stauskis (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003)
Prof. Dr. Sandra Treija (Riga Technical University, Latvia, Humanities, History and Theory of Arts, H003)

The dissertation defence takes place online.

The doctoral dissertation is available at the library of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20, Kaunas).

Annotation:

The doctoral dissertation analyses a multifaceted, interdisciplinary phenomenon of cityscape identity, which is especially relevant in today’s conditions of urbanisation, globalisation and constant change. The research reviews the current and available knowledge about the phenomenon itself, its assessment and regulation experience in Lithuania and abroad. The concept of holistic cityscape identity is defined, the essential constituent concepts of this phenomenon (sense of place, meaning of place, separate elements, element systems and overall structure) and their attributes are distinguished. A complex methodology for the assessment and modelling of a holistic cityscape identity is developed, covering knowledge and methods from various fields of science (for example, sociology, environmental psychology, semiotics, fractal theory, etc. are used in addition to traditional analysis of urban morphology). The proposed methodology is implemented to the specific case of Kaunas city; based on the analysis, the features of the identity of Kaunas holistic cityscape are clarified. The paper also proposes guidelines for urban development, which, respectively on the current situation of cityscape identity, would promote its preservation, strengthening or (re)creation.

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