The social life of historical neighbourhoods: case study of a Middle Eastern city, Shiraz

Farahani, Leila Mahmoudi and Lozanovska, Mirjana 2015, The social life of historical neighbourhoods: case study of a Middle Eastern city, Shiraz, Journal of architecture and urbanism, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 176-187, doi: 10.3846/20297955.2015.1088416.

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Title The social life of historical neighbourhoods: case study of a Middle Eastern city, Shiraz
Author(s) Farahani, Leila MahmoudiORCID iD for Farahani, Leila Mahmoudi
Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana
Journal name Journal of architecture and urbanism
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 176
End page 187
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2029-7955
Keyword(s) social life
sense of community
urban design
historical neighbourhood
Summary Historic neighbourhoods have usually shaped on an organic structure in regard to their residents’ requirements. Due to the limitations in mobility, historical neighbourhoods were usually able to perform as a small city comprising all the elements required for satisfying physical, social, and cultural needs. This paper seeks to explore the patterns of social life in the traditional settlements in Shiraz and investigate the elements that have shaped the social life of these neighbourhoods. Exploring the social structure of historic neighbourhoods may introduce new approaches to the design of contemporary suburbs and neighbourhoods in terms of their vitality and social life. A review of the literature and comparing it to the historical core in Shiraz shows that there are five contributing factors to the social life of historic neighbourhoods in Shiraz, including density, human scale development, walkability, mixed land-use and qualities of public spaces. Exploring the features of public places and communal facilities indicates that the fine social performance of these settlements is rooted in their compatibility and adaptability to the environment, the residents’ requirements and culture.
Language eng
DOI 10.3846/20297955.2015.1088416
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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