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Title: The public domain as the foundation of civic life : a systemic approach to urban issues : a case study on Tehran
Author: Salimi, Javad
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2005
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Urban spaces act as systems and providing they have appropriate functions, they can develop and evolve public domains in a way to generate, revive and act in accordance with the continuity of civic life. Any intervention inside a city and any projects undertaken generate new spaces, elements and facilities in order to fulfil the ever -changing expectations of the citizens and to satisfy their various anticipations of civic life. These new spaces and realms necessarily ought to be in line with (covert or overt) active urban patterns. This study and research is based on the hypothesis that a systemic method and approach can be employed to do deal with and engage in interactions with city spaces and urban problems. In this regard there is a review of the systemic approach and the way this approach helps explain and explore urban issues. Subsequently, a fresh theoretical framework is devised. Also in the first section the appropriate research methods for this study are explained. The Navvab Project is a new urban project that has had a broad intervention in the urban context of Tehran. This study deals with this project as a model for assessing effective systemic functions in an urban system. Tehran as a complex and multifaceted in the contemporary world was chosen as the field of study, within which the Navvab Project (comprising of several projects) was taken as the case study. In the second section the field and the case study are explained in detail. Various research methods, including survey, documentary analysis and participation observation, were used in this study to provide a better understanding of these elements. After inquiring into the methodological approach of this project, its strong and weak points are highlighted, and finally, a model is presented for engaging with a city and its related issues. The aforementioned research method, a combination of questionnaire, participatory observation, documentary and library methods, was employed to analyze the data obtained from the case study (section three) paving the way for further discussion and conclusion. In the final section a conclusion is drawn based on the field work and case study; showing that a systemic approach provides a framework for understanding complex urban problems and formulating solutions but the resulting model is also convenient and practical, and provides a better vehicle for people -led urban planning than orthodox methods. Through a systemic approach, in which the public domain and public space are considered as the bedrock of civic and urban life, a model is presented. This model attempts to introduce a system of producing and reproducing public spaces inside a city. Together with the model, examples of its applications in solving the problems of the case study is assessed, indicating that the remaining opportunities, the unused and accessible locations in the Navvab Project can be used as a catalyst for producing new spaces and restructuring existing ones.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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