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Title: The street as a response to human needs : with special reference to change and continuity in Libya
Author: Dabaiba, Yousef
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 1988
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The main concern of this study is with the most neglected part of the built environment, the street, and its importance to everyday life and the social activities that take place in it. The emphasis is on discovering how a better environment could be created in order to meet present -day demands. This study refers particularly to Libya. As a result of the discovery of oil, Libya has been subject to rapid urban growth. The resulting new physical environment and the upsurge in the economy have deeply affected local society. Modern built forms, with their social consequences have replaced the traditionally built environments which were considered particularly well adapted to local human requirements. The contemporary built environment is often largely inappropriate to the social and cultural needs and to the climatic realities. Furthermore, the very suddenness of the change has produced a sense of discontinuity and alienation among the inhabitants. As the outcome of such changes is most evident in the street a greater stress has been placed on an examination of the reasons for the loss of the integrity of traditional urban design in this period of rapid urban development. An in -depth investigation has been carried out in order to understand fully the influences which moulded the traditional city and those which produced the new forms of the contemporary environment. An assessment of the advantages gained by the new environment as well as the disadvantages has been undertaken to arrive at a body of constructive proposals for future development. The research conducted in this thesis is aimed at producing guidance which may help design the street as a vital part of the socio- cultural structure of the built environment. It is not a study in nostalgia. Rather, it is hoped to encourage the retention of the best elements of the traditional street to enhance and improve the street of today. An attempt is made to reach a form of compromise which might prove acceptable to this new era of development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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