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Title: Change in identity of Saudis' built environments : the case of Jeddah
Author: Adas, Yasser Ahmed
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2001
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Identity is an essential human demand for life. It is with the identity that human beings introduce a sense of meaning into existence. It can be demonstrated through many different human expressions. The built environment, however, is the main medium discussed in this research. Nevertheless the research traces the identity and the impact of its change in both physical and non -physical environments. This is to understand the expression of identity in Jeddah, as a case study that represents the Saudi community and that has been exposed to drastic changes since the 1950s which stretched the gap between the traditional and the modern. The main objective is to construct a means to evaluate the built environment according to how it conveys, interprets, expresses, enhances or confuses Saudi identity. The research follows a quantitative -qualitative approach in investigating the relationship between the identity and the built environment. This is conducted through a theoretical enquiry which addresses a definition of identity and its elements, natural environment, underlying factors and built environment, and an empirical investigation through the case study (Jeddah) which will include a documents review to trace the change and a questionnaire that aims at investigating Saudis' perception of their environment as a medium of presentation for their identity. The study therefore, probes the concept of identity in general, aiming to develop a theoretical understanding towards considering it in architectural and planning practices. On the other hand the research concentrates on Jeddah, to provide feedback for architectural design and planning that accommodates a Saudi identity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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