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Urban design and walkability: lessons learnt from Iranian traditional cities

Jamei, Elmira, Ahmadi, Khatereh, Chau, H W, Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi, Horan, Ben and Stojcevski, Alex 2021, Urban design and walkability: lessons learnt from Iranian traditional cities, Sustainability, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/su13105731.

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Title Urban design and walkability: lessons learnt from Iranian traditional cities
Author(s) Jamei, Elmira
Ahmadi, Khatereh
Chau, H W
Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi
Horan, BenORCID iD for Horan, Ben orcid.org/0000-0002-6723-259X
Stojcevski, Alex
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 13
Issue number 10
Article ID 5731
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2071-1050
Summary Physical activity is connected to public health in many ways, and walking is its most popular form. Modern planning models have been applied to cities to manage rapid urban expansions. However, this practice has led to low level of walkability and strong car-dependency in today’s cities. Hence, this study aims to provide a review of the most promising urban design parameters affecting walkability, using Frank Lawrence’s theory of “Objectively Measured Urban Form” (density, connectivity and accessibility, and mixed-use development) as the basis of discussion. The second part of this paper takes a case study approach, through discussing the main design elements of traditional Iranian cities (mosques, bazaars, residential quarters, and alleyways) and analyses their impacts on promoting walkability. This study concludes that incorporating inherent values of traditional urban design elements will complement modern planning and design practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su13105731
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 12 Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30151662

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