URBAN SPACE AS AN IMAGE OF THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT IN CONTEMPORARY CITIES

Dijana Brkljac, Aleksandra Milinkovic, Milena Krkljes

DOI Number
10.2298/FUACE1602181B
First page
181
Last page
189

Abstract


From the very beginning of urban settlements, cities have had a very clear expression, because urban elements bear with them the symbolism and messages tied to relevant points in history, changes in function, characters etc. These messages, carried through a range of urban elements, have been changing in respect to lifestyles, which, ever since the rise of capitalism, predominantly meant with respect to economic conditions. Such a free-market impact has become particularly evident in the light of contemporary totalitarian capitalism that has equated urban space with commercial and exhibition space, thus moulding it into an urban market.

This paper is intended as a critical review dealing with the analysis of urban spaces in respect to urban image creation, all in relation to relevant socio-economic influences and conditionalities. It also considers new symbolic meanings to the existing urban form, which affect urban life and its inhabitants.


Keywords

city, capitalism, socio-economic context, global city, branding

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