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Dr. Ayona Datta (Cities Programme, London School of Economics Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 September 2009


The dynamics of globalisation as the increasing interconnectedness between all aspects of social, cultural, economic, and political spaces have seen an unprecedented focus on migrants across the world. Far less discussed though has been the connections between spaces and places during migration - how conceptualisations of proximity/distance, inside/outside; native/migrant; past/present; memories/experiences produce and shape buildings, streets, and urban environments. While it is suggested that the unprecedented movement of people in a globalising world will be particularly significant for cities and urban life, it is also argued that such movement has led to a problematisation of ‘home’ as a particular type of built form in a physical location. This special issue is therefore interested in making the links between three important processes in a globalising world-home, migration, and the city - and their significance for built forms and built environments across the world.


Datta, A. (2009), "Editorial", Open House International, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 4-7.



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