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A framework for exploring the sense of community and social life in residential environments

Farahani,LM and Lozanovska,M 2014, A framework for exploring the sense of community and social life in residential environments, Archnet-IJAR, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 223-237.

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Title A framework for exploring the sense of community and social life in residential environments
Author(s) Farahani,LM
Lozanovska,M
Journal name Archnet-IJAR
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 223
End page 237
Total pages 15
Publisher ArchNet
Place of publication [unknown]
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1994-6961
Keyword(s) Locality
Neighbourhood
Sense of community
Social life
Summary Sense of community and social life are two key concepts related to social cohesion, which have been the subject of extensive studies in several disciplines including sociology, psychology and built environment. Social life studies have been mostly conducted in the built environment discipline focusing on city centres; while sense of community studies were mostly the target of sociologists and psychologists focusing on neighbourhoods. As a result, the role of the built environment on the sense of community and social life of neighbourhoods is considered as a missing gap in the literature. This paper, through defining the concepts of social life and sense of community, aims to develop a conceptual framework for further implementation in future research. Accurate implication and interpretation of the concepts show that neighbourhoods can include the sense of community in the residential environment and the social life in the commercial environment. This is because residential environments are where residents' requirements can be met through their commitment to the community and commercial environments are the fulcrum of interaction and communication.
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, ArchNet
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial no derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069682

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