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Title: Abianeh : revitalization of a historical settlement : a case study
Author: Kashani, Massoud Mollahassan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Historical settlements such as Abianeh offer many clues as to our existence and the roots from which we have been so long dependent. Understanding the workings of such settlements helps resolve a great deal of lost social, economical, cultural and indigenous skills. However, recording the values of these places has become an almost impossible task for anyone to perform. Due to their inaccessibility and lack of central government interest, control and funds, the infrastructure of such a settlement is much too gradually diminished. Encouragement of a transient society through social and financial pressures, results in migration to larger cities for the inhabitants of these settlements. This has brought with it irrevocable damage, both to the settlements in terms of "lack of youth", and the larger cities "over population ", phenomena that are not unique to Abianeh and Iran but felt by the world at large. This thesis is a practical response to such a problem, which has gradually become an international 'disease'. The work looks at the settlement as an entity in its own right and examines it very objectively so as to derive real -life solutions, which can be practically applied in a revitalisation programme. These can enable it to revert or stabilize its sustainability in terms of its indigenous population, traditions, restoration, rehabilitation, renovation and its future expansion all within the framework of their cultural and social context. It is hoped that lessons can be learned from this study, which can be applied universally. To isolate the underlying factors behind the essential character and identity of the settlement; To establish and preserve for posterity the results of a survey that accurately records the physical entity; To formulate a conservation policy, which acknowledges these factors and materials, that can offer Abianeh a real prospect for survival and regeneration, and which can act as a template for future conservation exercises targeted at historical settlements at risk throughout Iran. The research objectives considered detail aspects of the study and can be summarised as comprising the following: a. To establish and successfully apply a methodology that enables the systematic collection and collation of universal, general and specific information related to the historical, geographical, social, environmental and cultural factors that have shaped the essential character of the people and settlement of Abianeh; b. To establish and successfully apply a methodology that is tailored to recording the extant physical condition of the settlement; c. To establish and successfully apply a methodology based on the above results that will clearly identify the absolute factors that must be addressed, before a successful conservation policy can be contemplated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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