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Title: Sudden change, society and urban form
Author: Gohar, E. S.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3501 6772
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 1987
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Rapid changes in the environment create situations which man has never previously experienced or anticipated. Situations such as social revolutions, migrations to new places, or disasters often require that society re- organises itself in a short period of time, breaks the continuity with its past and reaches a new state of stability. This re- organisation is responsible for the emergence of a whole series of psychological and social effects. The main objective of this study is to explain the nature of the changes in urban form which occur in such situations. One of the major assertions of this thesis is that continuity is an inner characteristic of the self- It is one characteristic of the temporal dimension of life and not a reflection of a continuity in the spatial dimension. Therefore, the contribution of the designer is to maintain the temporal continuity of cities while explaining the spatial transformations through models based on discontinuous behaviour. The cultural development and the physiological limitations of man to rapid change are taken as evidence in the demonstration of the extent of the problem. Within this context, radical change in the formation of the environment is shown to be are expression of the human mind and not the direct effect of changes in the environmental forces. For that reason, the effect of sudden change in the environment is studied in relation to the concept of time: the direction between past, present and future. As this assumption does not require any kind of spatial continuity, a model based on discontinuity is used to evaluate the transformation of cities in circumstances of rapid change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Architecture of urban renewal