טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
Ph.D Thesis
Ph.D StudentRosen-Kremer Osnat
SubjectThe RegionCity
Motion, Experience, Interpretation
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor Professor Iris Aravot
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Abstract

The research focuses on the relationship between movement (flow), the built up environment (including real and virtual networks), and the perceived image of contemporary dynamic rurban spaces of flows, which this work terms "the RegionCity".

The objective is to explore the contemporary RegionCity, to reach comprehension of it as a meaningful entity and spatial whole, and to develop a theoretical framework for describing, analyzing and deciphering its perceived image.

The premises assert the daily importance and primacy of both perception and movement and their interrelation as a key for comprehending the RegionCity,  

The methodology is rooted mostly in the field of phenomenological research of space-time and in the mobilities paradigm. Therefore, emphasis is given to the meanings of the RegionCity while moving, and to the human-"being-in-the-world", in an intimate relation with one's surroundings, and the mind-body experience in motion and e-motion.

The initial theoretical framework is supported by a survey of literature and a pilot study.

Further, three case-studies, conducted in the method of applied phenomenology in the Mount Carmel and Beach RegionCity, focus on the different life-experience of movement groups. The studies progress in a hermeneutical circular process towards further interpretations and insights, while revisiting the initial phases for deepening and refinement in several rounds.

Using metaphors from the world of fluidity, hydrological theories and terminology, the in-depth studies explore the existence, meaning and identity of the perceived region: describe and qualitatively analyze the experiences towards interpreting the complex interrelation between moving in the RegionCity and its perception.

The RegionCity is unfolded as a catchment area of flows, facilitating currents of people, information, capital, objects, knowledge etc. The people in motion- are carriers of loads - of memories, experiences, smells, sounds, sights - that have value and meaning, and provide positive or negative emotional associations.  The objects on the journey - the road, landscape, and destination; the space, network and environment -are associated with the same values of images, and are toned in the appropriate emotion as loaded-scapes. Further, these 'scapes' are constantly up-loaded and re-loaded by the carriers who flow through them, as part of the RegionCity.

The study proposes an approach for research and imaging of complexes of RegionCities, which considers the real and virtual worlds, wherein all phenomena are in flow.

The study promotes the RegionCity as a loaded-scape which democratically binds lifeworlds and space-times, created by co-presence of different users, and thus allows co-existence.