The Visual Identity of City Gateways – The Problem and Possible Solutions Cover Image

Miesto prieigų vizualinio reprezentatyvumo problema ir jos sprendimo galimybės
The Visual Identity of City Gateways – The Problem and Possible Solutions

Author(s): Jūratė Kamičaityte-Virbašienė
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: VšĮ Šiaulių universiteto leidykla
Keywords: City gateways; visual identity; urban sprawl

Summary/Abstract: City gateways are a part of the urban framework important from the functional and compositional point of view, the purpose of which is formation of city’s visual identity, visual (and not only) orientation in the city environment, space for people to communicate and so on. Today we have annihilated the function of visual identity of city gateways as well as other problems such as: undeveloped social infrastructure, monotonous mono-functional urban spaces, the prioritisation of motor-transport over pedestrians etc. These problems have arisen because of the badly managed phenomenon of urban sprawl. The aim of the article is to propose some principles upon which city gateways may be formed seeking to revitalise and sustain their function of creating the visual identity of a city. In order to achieve this aim, the conception of city gateways as a representative object of a city is discussed on the juridical and territory planning level, the reasons of the loss of the visual identity of Lithuanian cities gateways are highlighted, the means and examples of formation of distinctive city gateways in foreign cities are also reviewed.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 68-82
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English