Identity of Industrial Cities

Haitham Aamer Mahmoud Hussein (1)
(1) Lecturer at Sculpture department, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Mansoura, Egypt, Egypt


It is clear how the techonological developments along with globalization depleted the identity of civilizations and peoples, so it is necessary for the intellectuals and the artists to work hard in order to assure the identity of the cities. Such sacred goal could be achieved via increasing the people’s awareness.

The identity of the cities will, directly, help in achieving the elevation and excellence of cities in order to maintain the uniqueness of their personalities and artwroks. In doing so, sublime values and morals, like the spirit of nationalism and patriotism of their people will be cultivated and harnessed. However, neglecting that may result in the dismantling of their identity accompanied by other sideaffects, like losing the cities’ historical, economic, political, social, religious or scientific identity.

This study is analysing and comparing the models for a distinct identity of the industrial cities ranging from Egypt, Europe to America in the twentieth century until now. It also investigates if the contemporary arts have a role to assert a distinct identity of the industrial cities in this period of time or not.       

Art is the language of the place and the revealer of its identity. Statues in squares are a pulpit. Urban spaces help cultivating such language emphasizing of the culture of its residents and the policy of the responsible administrations. Technical works in the industrial cities represents the identity of the city, which is totally different than other cities.  

The identity of the industrial states is affected by several factors. Firstly, the cultural factors- where the establishments of culture and identity occur through arts, the awareness and understanding of the audience, and their tastes of the Arts. Secondly, the economic factors which cost and enrich the attraction of investors and manufacturers. Thirdly, the political factors assist the governments in seeking the elimination of the socisl problems concerning the political success. It is majorly perpetuauted by providing factories and living needs in these cities; leading to the negligience of the artsitic, social and moral factors. There should be a relationship between these borderlines and the used machinery to achieve compatibility between life circumstances and the beauty of the artwork.

Drafting Fine artwork, and its impact on manufacturers' motivation and encouragement, by expression or symbolism or movement within the artwork, and the emphasis on the moral value of the work in gaining respect and dignity.

Spatial limits :  Egypt, Europe, America, and limiting the study to on one city from each.

Time limits: from the twentieth century until now.

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Author Biography

Haitham Aamer Mahmoud Hussein, Lecturer at Sculpture department, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Mansoura, Egypt

Lecturer at Sculpture department, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Mansoura

Hussein, H. A. M. (2017). Identity of Industrial Cities. ARCHive-SR, 1(1), 9.

Article Details

Received 2017-09-09
Accepted 2017-09-09
Published 2017-09-18