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Urban oasis – a prototype for sustainable urbanity: the case of Tehran

Urban oasis – a prototype for sustainable urbanity: the case of Tehran

Shirazi, M. Reza and Falahat, Somaiyeh (2015) Urban oasis – a prototype for sustainable urbanity: the case of Tehran. International Journal Society Systems Science, 7 (4). pp. 334-351. ISSN 1756-2511 (Print), 1756-252X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSS.2015.073227)

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Abstract

Drastic urban transformation of Tehran over the last two centuries generated an open spatial matrix with a state of affairs that is considered highly unsustainable. Due to the vast dimensions of the existing constructed area, which makes any radical interventions almost impossible, prototypes that provide a realistic and applicable approach are required to enhance the sense of place and ameliorate the current unsustainable situation. The aim of this article is to review the above-mentioned problems in the context of Tehran. It investigates the process of 'placelessness' and the state of 'unsustainability' in this city and formulates the concept of 'urban oasis' as an appropriate prototype for future interventions: a 'domain of resistance' against the ubiquitous placelessness of the megalopolis which integrates principles of sustainability and suggests a more sustainable urban life for the city's inhabitants. Finally, it puts forward a practical framework for implementing this concept in Tehran.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban transformation, spatial fragmentation, sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Architecture and Landscape Research and Enterprise
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 12:54
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27533

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