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Resilient city: Community cohesion in Belfast

Words: Mura Quigley

The Good Friday Agreement in 1998 brought an end to a generation of inter-communal conflict in Northern Ireland and its capital BELFAST, host city for the 2016 RTPI young planners conference. Mura Quigley considers the role that planners can play in bringing communities together

When we think about the idea of ‘social cohesion’ as planners we may ask ourselves: “How can we plan and design for better integration across divisions in social class, generations, income, culture, religion, sexuality, and so on?”We recognise that such diversity should be celebrated as something that brings with it social resilience and a greater sense of well-being.........
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