Cities into Sustainability: The Space of Sustainable Living in the City

By Silvana Tuccio.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In a sustainable city there has been careful attention to the movement and presence of people within the spaces of the built environment as well as to the consciousness they lend. In the quest for sustainability, the balance between community and the space inhabited is acknowledged in order to achieve the desired transformation and to restore meaning to living in a place. Taking the Italian expression “mente locale,” this article argues that place takes on meaning when the awareness of space is activated. Awareness that localises perception, imagination, and memory informs the process of envisioning, and it creates the potential for resilience (that meets climate change demands). Relating space to cultural and urban characteristics allows resilience to be imagined within a city. This article is informed by critical discussions and sets the premises for further research.

Keywords: Sustainable Cities, Mente Locale, City, Space, Meaning of Place, Resilience

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.63-69. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 215.578KB)).

Dr Silvana Tuccio

Project-Cultura Sostenibile, Noto, Italy

With a background in cinema studies (PhD University of Melbourne), Silvana has recently turned her attention to cities as sites of culture, belonging, identity and sustainability. She has written several articles on Australian film and edited the book, Sguardi australiani: idee, immaginari e cinema degli antipodi (Le Mani, 2005). She organised film culture events highlighting the diversity of Australian cinema (Genova 2002-2006). She has also organised talks on climate change and ecoinnovation (Siracusa 2009-2010). Her research focus is on foreignness, identity and place as key elements of contemporary culture.