Preserving and restoring the physical environment to preserve local identity


Preserving the physical environment that is left and restoring it sensitively is also important in terms of local identity. Town planners should respect the local identities that existed prior to a disaster, when re-building. Reconstructing “space” to its prior state can help survivors reconstruct their own sense of “place”, and mitigate, or avoid, some of the issues of identity loss. Almukhtar (for literature reference see original source document) posits that the preservation of the urban landscape can be a form of resilience and, as such, stakeholders should consider the multiple place-identities of survivors, when redesigning disaster-struck localities.

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