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By Peter J. M. Nas

From Jakarta to Leiden, from Buenos Aires to big apple, structure offers even more than shelter—it offers substantial cultural, political, and philosophical that means in addition. With towns packed with Symbols,Peter J. M. Nas brings jointly across the world popular sociologists, social geographers, and historians to discuss the position of architectural symbols within the city panorama. taking a look in particular at Sep 11 memorial designs, the layout of the town of Cape city as a remnant of Dutch colonialism, and just like the send washed ashore via a tsunami in Banda Aceh, this quantity should be of curiosity to students of structure, city layout, and policymaking.

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The rural area can be seen as a symbol for uncertainty, in opposition to the urban area. The migrants see Colombo as a safe and sympathetic haven. Migration plays a strong role in the emotional structuring of people. Emotional symbolism The symbols of emotions in Colombo can be categorized as national, internal and local. The symbols reflecting emotions on a national level are related to the conflict and produced by the government or by its citizens. The international representation of the conflict has to do with the negative side of tourism.

Vihara Maha Devi Park and in the background the Town Hall (Photograph: Michelle Schut, 2007) symbol is Independence Hall, erected by the government of Ceylon to commemorate the independence of Ceylon on 4 February 1948. As a copy of the last king of Kandy’s parliament building, it is a referential symbol and thereby a reminder of the culture of Sri Lanka before the colonial period. A related top-down national symbol is Independence Day: a one-day celebration, which is not a people’s event but a large governmental ritual.

Other buildings are the World Trade Centre with the Hilton Hotel in front. The rest are houses and buildings in general and implicate ‘the crowdedness of the city’. Some of these houses, namely the little ones lying close to each other, are shanties. The biggest and highest houses are those of high and middle-class people. The reason for the drawing of many pictorial mental maps may relate to ways of orientation. A majority of the respondents never use maps themselves; they find their way through town by making use of the landmarks, buildings and infrastructure.

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