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Since the seventies, semiotics has been declared dead a number of times, while many key insights have been borrowed by other disciplines without reference to the original, and often without a thorough understanding of their strengths, limitations and connections. With a number of colleagues, we work on a re- evaluation of semiotics, its post- modern manifestations, its relevance for understanding spatial change, cultural change, spatial planning. Topics include a revisiting of the concept of context in planning, categorizations of space and time and their planning implications, significations of self and narratives of place and history.

Cooperation with Aart van Zoest, Utrecht University; Martijn Duineveld, Wageningen University; Paul Manning, Trent University; Zaza Shatirishvili, Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli State Institute of Georgian Literature; Gareth John, St Cloud State University; Felip Costaglioli, St Cloud State University; Petruta Teampau, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj- Napoca.

A paper in Middle Eastern Technical University JFA, on the concept of context in participatory planning. Much of the Danube Delta work on social memory and the interpretation of space draws heavily on semiotic concepts, e.g. the Studia Sociologia paper on margins, boundaries and remembering in the Delta.

A paper in Journal of Urban Design, with Martijn Duineveld, Harro de Jong, Aart van Zoest, focuses on the intertwined interpretation of space, history, and historical references, in park design. Another paper, in Planning Theory, with Felip Costaglioli, dwells on the various functions and meanings of silence in planning, something useful in an era when planning is often equated with participation, communication, transparency.


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