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Urban sustainability and market typologies : lessons from Tabriz Bazaar

conference contribution
posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Amir Shouri, Sambit Datta
The market is an essential component of urban form. Contemporary shopping malls can benefit from the inherent efficiencies of traditional markets. This paper addresses the development of sustainable models of market typologies based on a specific case study, the Bazaar of Tabriz in Iran.

As one of the biggest historical covered markets in the world (Moradi and Nassabi 2007), it remains an effective trading centre in the city. What are the lessons that make Tabriz a sustainable urban typology and what lessons can we draw from its spatial and operational structure?

To address this question, the paper presents two analytical studies of the urban and building morphology of Tabriz. First, the paper presents an analysis of the urban and social structure of the market based on Lynchian analysis. Second, it provides an analysis of the thermal, ventilation and lighting principles used in the buildings of the market and how they respond to the extreme climatic conditions of north-west Iran.

Rainfall and snow in one side and hot summers in the other, give the buildings in the city really critical performance in terms of life span during the years of operation.

The main target in this case study, is to illuminate the urban typological clarifications in the Bazaar of Tabriz, which wilt elucidate how parallel links between urban morphology (land cover) and urban typology (land use) in a defined urban planning can form a sustainable urban space. Moreover, how the case of this study can be an energy efficient complex with its own urban morphology.

The lessons of Tabriz for the development of contemporary markets are summarised in the paper and need to be addressed at two scales, namely the urban scale and the scale of the building.

History

Event

Conference of A.N.Z.A.Sc.A. (43rd : 2009 : Launceston, Tasmania)

Pagination

1 - 8

Publisher

ANZAScA

Location

Launceston, Tasmania

Place of publication

Launceston, Tasmania

Start date

2009-11-25

End date

2009-11-27

ISBN-13

9781862955479

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2009, ANZAScA

Editor/Contributor(s)

S Loo, G Nolan, S Sequeira, F Soriano

Title of proceedings

ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment / Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania

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