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Title: Crisis of traditional identity in the built environment of the Saudi cities : a case study : the old city of Tabuk
Author: Alsheliby, Mabrouk
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 3396
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2015
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Over the last four decades, the built environment in Saudi has lost its traditional identity, as a result of the economic boom. The characteristics of construction heritage in Saudi cities have been affected and exposed to a lot of harm. Tabuk is one of the cities that face a crisis with regards to its traditional identity in the built environment, due to the lack of maintenance by the owners and leaseholders, in addition to changes made to the buildings, in order to meet personal needs. As a result of the extremely poor services provided in the old town and with no particular planning policies for the development of the old city, most of the significant old buildings have been damaged. The development is likely to negatively affect these places due to the change in the residents' economic conditions and their rapid and collective move to developed areas surrounding the city. Most of the inhabitants of Tabuk associate the traditional buildings with a negative appearance and believe that traditional buildings are not suitable for modern life. Therefore, many old buildings have been removed and new buildings have been constructed in the old city, although these new buildings do not represent the local identity. Additionally, the traditional way of life in the old city is usually accompanied by poor social conditions . This makes it necessary to study the transformation of traditional identity in the old city of Tabuk, in order to find ways of preserving our heritage in the built environment. This research presents an investigative study to understand why the traditional identity of the built environment has been lost and why we need to preserve it. This study has adopted a mixed method approach because it is necessary to understand the reasons behind this crisis, in addition to the relationship between people and their physical environment. The interaction between people and physical form required the researcher to study the traditional built environment in Tabuk, both prior to and after the changes. Moreover, not only did the physical environment require to be investigated, but also the perceptions of the local people towards the alterations, as well as the impact of these changes on their sense of place in the old city of Tabuk.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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