Place attachment and memory: Transformation processes in early modern urban space in northern Finland

Project description

The research deals with the spatial development of the Finnish coastal towns Oulu, Tornio, Kokkola, and Raahe, established during the first half of the 17th century. Archaeological material and urban cartographic sources from the 17th to the early 19th centuries are used to explore how private and public space in the cities developed and changed. How and what different factors influenced the transformation, use, and the experience of the town. The research questions are linked to the effects of regulation plans of the town structure and the town fires on changes, the continuity of old habitat habits, and the different olfactory spaces of the cities. The material is studied through the theories of the use of different forms of power, social memory, and place attachment.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu