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Branding New Towns: The Case of the Greater Cairo Region, Egypt

Branding New Towns: The Case of the Greater Cairo Region, Egypt

Sadek, Mohamed Rafik, Conaldi, Guido ORCID: 0000-0003-3552-7307 and Bartlett, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0002-5125-6466 (2019) Branding New Towns: The Case of the Greater Cairo Region, Egypt. In: 6th Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places Proceedings. Institute of Place Management (IPM), pp. 132-136. ISBN 978-1999845957

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Abstract

Place identity driven branding is utilised in many cities to set the ground for a dynamic identity redefinition based on place image and place culture (Kavaratzis and Hatch, 2013). However, there seems to be a lack of knowledge in the field of place identity, particularly in new town developments in Egypt. This study aims to determine the way place identity influenced occupancy and aims to find how place branding could be a powerful tool to address this issue. Place identity refers to the mixture of feelings about specific physical settings and the symbolic connections to a place that defines self-identity in relation to the environmental past (Proshansky et al. 1983). Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) offers a tool to map landscape values as a measure of place identity, alternatively called social values for ecosystem services (Sherrouse et al., 2011). Landscape values are the subject of multiple PPGIS studies (e.g., Brown and Kyttä 2014; Brown and Fagerholm 2015), but have yet to be linked with the built environment, namely, the newly developed urban settlements.

Urban growth in the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) is not without challenges. It often happens at the expense of the most productive arable land, which is in short supply (Brundlandt, 1987). Therefore, the vision for sustainable urban development is constrained within two priorities; these priorities are re-developing existing urban areas and planning new desert cities beyond the fertile Nile Valley. Both dimensions serve the purpose of preserving the agricultural land through legislative control measures (GOPP, 2015). The current development strategy of desert new towns in the Greater Cairo Region has reached less than half the occupation target despite a significant portion of the total national development expenditure being spent on providing them with necessary infrastructure (Sims 2012; 2014).

This study collects data to refine place identity theory for new towns as a basis for appropriate place branding.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 6th Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Place management, place marketing, place identity, new towns
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
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Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 12:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24760

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