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Vestiges of urban spirit: Isfahan's urban fabric through socio-spatial transformations
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The city of Isfahan, one of the most historic urban settlements in Iran, has undergone dramatic socio-spatial transformations during the recent decades, beginning with the modernization programs of the 1920s. While the urban structure of Isfahan was the outcome of a process over centuries of incremental evolution, a new mode of place making and street patterns was imposed on the historic fabric of the city within the space of only a few decades.

From a design methodological perspective, this dissertation analyzes how the socio-spatial interactions have influenced the formation of Isfahan over the course of its history. In this respect, some of the crucial periods of Isfahan’s urban development history are discussed. It is argued how the contemporary urban renewal doctrines have affected the existing socio-spatial communications of the city along its transformation path. Therefore, the essence of this study is to illustrate the mutual relations between physical transformations and social communications through the city of Isfahan. However, this research has no intention to criticize the modernization of cities, since they are often unavoidable and necessary. But it targets the rigidity of urban design strategies as were implemented in the historic cities of Iran.

In this thesis, the information-rich case of Isfahan is discussed through a descriptive analysis combined with the deployment of mixed method strategies. The ultimate goal is to develop alternative ideas which can support revitalization of cities with respect to their socio-spatial communications as well as their architectural heritage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2010. , 157 p.
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2010:19
Keyword [en]
Isfahan, Urban Fabric, Socio-spatial Communication, Urban Identity, Urban Transformation, Urban Renewal, Urban Form, Urban Design
Keyword [fa]
اصفهان ، طراحی شهری ، فرم شهری ، دگرگونی های کالبدی ، هویت شهری ، بازسازی شهری
National Category
Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-28927ISBN: 978-91-7415-816-8OAI: diva2:391130
2010-12-17, Seminarierummet, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, plan 1, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
QC 20110128Available from: 2011-01-28 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2011-02-01Bibliographically approved

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