Cities have developed over the time growing, consolidating and merging sovereign units. Understanding of urban planning structure and good orientation opportunities in its complex spatial environment, which allow to link different parts of the city into an integrated system have always been important indicators of urban quality. Creation of the functional city changed this historically ensued structure.
Modern European urban development is based on the search of balance between economic growth and sustainable development. Continuing to develop strong urban center urban planners have identified the need for decentralization and the conception of the neighbourhood. Neighbourhood is an inhabited territorial unit of the city with its own maintenance, identity and character, which arises of the building type, physical boundaries, landscaping and citizens’ sense of community. Physically neighbourhood can be described as an area with homogenous nature, which may be recognized by clews that interwoven the whole city and do not continue anywhere else.
Nature of the neighbourhood has changed in modern city. Development of society has altered former local identity of places. Radical changes are made by implementation of various revitalizing projects. Today, citizenship issue has become much more complicated, thus new, modern solutions for strenghtening the neighbourhood need to be found in order to transform places into the places.
|Keywords:||Architecture, Boundaries, Centre, Identity, Neighbourhood, Revitalization, Urban Design|
PhD Student, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia