Open space in human settlements : the lesson from the islamic tradition : contemporary design consideration from open spaces in Arab-Muslim human settlements in the Middle East

P.W. Germeraad

    Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU

    Abstract

    <p>The pressure on the development of adequate open space systems in the Arab-Muslim countries in the Middle East is growing due to: massive migration to the cities, changes in the patterns of life and social networks, and an increasing growth in population. This process results in the development of new residential areas and the upgrading and redevelopment of existing residential quarters. Since modern western and traditional design approaches are often unsuited to the contemporary needs of the Arab-Muslims, these developments require a 'new' approach for the design of open space in these countries.<p>To contribute to an appropriate contemporary open space design approach a series of design considerations is developed which might form a open space design language for settlements in the Arab-Muslim region in the Middle East.<br/>In order to derive this language the factors which affect the design of open space and the way modern open space has evolved from the traditional one, are described and analyzed. Attention is given to the application of traditional and modern design concepts, and the linkage of open space forms, layouts and functions of open spaces to life patterns, beliefs and desires in the context of their setting and the culture of the Arab-Muslim region in the Middle East.<p>The author hopes that the results of this study may contribute to the 'dialogue' between users and open space, by which the establishment of meaningful and coherent open space systems is the main goal. A process which is, however, only achievable as both users, designers and decision-makers understand the language of open space.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • van Leeuwen, H., Promotor, External person
    • Vroom, M.J., Promotor, External person
    Award date9 Jan 1990
    Place of PublicationS.l.
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

    Keywords

    • towns
    • open spaces
    • urban areas
    • green belts
    • playgrounds
    • amenity and recreation areas
    • arts
    • trends
    • districts
    • middle ages

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