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Title: Urban (Un)Sustainability: Cases of Vilnius’s Informal and Illegal Settings
Authors: Kačerauskas, Tomas
Keywords: informal settings
urban sustainability
social minority
semiotic square
urban developmen
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Kačerauskas, T. Urban (Un)Sustainability: Cases of Vilnius’s Informal and Illegal Settings. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4615.
Series/Report no.: 10;12
Abstract: The current analysis addresses cases of both informal and illegal settlements in Vilnius, Lithuania. By using semiotic means (specifically, semiotic squares), the author presents the Romani district (tabors), as well the Šnipiškės district, describing the circumstances of their emerging and comparing these cases. In addition to that, the philosophical questions about the dichotomies ‘formal/informal’, ‘temporal/eternal’, ‘order/chaos’, ‘legal/illegal’, ‘sustainable/unsustainable’ are discussed. On the one hand, illegal buildings serve as a signal about too high a barrier of bureaucracy, about a surfeit of law and even about the violation of certain rights. On the other hand, some urban districts can become illegal because of a changed urban vision reflected in a new General Plan. The paper also analyzes the issue of public interest. Additionally, the tendency of democratic society to turn into bureaucratic society is analyzed. The paper addresses sensitive issues related to sustainable development of cities, intercultural dialogue and equal opportunities.
Description: This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Renewal and Built Heritage Management
ISSN: 2071-1050
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