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Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2016.

Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.

Output Type:Conference paper
Presented at:Proceedings: Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges, EAAE ARCC 10th International Conference (EAAE ARCC 2016)
Venue:Lisbon, Portugal
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Dates:15/6/2016 - 18/6/2016

Places are defined by the people who live within them. As individuals and communities, deep
significance is attached to familiar places, and complex relationships can develop between the residents and
the place that they inhabit. This quality is present in the nature of the buildings and the streets, It is often generated by the ordinary actions of local people, many of who believe that their identity is essentially tied to the
place that they occupy. This local distinctiveness is characterized by the activities that occur within the specific environment. Thus significant markers are formed, in both the present and in the past, which will allow ?a
society to relate to a particular environment. Events that hold value in a community are often manifested in
physical form, and therefore allow a population to trace back meanings and connections with their past. This
organisation of the past seems to stimulate social cohesion and the feeling of being part of a community, and
so, physical links with the past are often important elements within the cohesion of a community.