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Title: Symbolism knowledge and city perception in Saudi social life
Author: Tayyash, Khalid A. M.
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2003
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Architecture is the mirror of people and nations with their own traditions, customs, political and economic systems. It is also an historic document narrating the developments and changes that have occurred in the society. Saudi cities have been affected by a cultural revolution created by tremendous social changes that have taken place during the third decade of the 20th century due to the economic boom triggered by the discovery of oil. These changes have brought about the rejection of the Saudi social, architectural and technical heritage. In addition, the adopted modem architecture fails to respond to the symbolic values of today's Saudi society, which should be vigorously supported by the built environment. This research intends to find out how people respond to these changes. It also aims at demonstrating the role of symbolism and the methods people use in order to express and appreciate the aesthetics of their indigenous environment. By doing this it seeks to develop a needs -centred architectural framework which will be offered to architects, planners and decision makers. In order to achieve these aims, the research undertakes a thorough investigation in theories of cultural symbolism and perception. It has also devised an open -ended questionnaire to understand people's attitudes, memories and behaviours towards the built environment. A number of facts and results relevant to the perception of people are observed, analysed and formulated on the basis of the hypothesis that directs this thesis. This hypothesis is supported by reference to a range of literature and theory relevant to this subject area, mediated through the author's twenty years experience in the field. This personal and professional background enables the author to reinforce the discussions that occur in the course of the research by making use of his own awareness of the past and his detailed observations of social life at the present moment. Focusing on qualitative interpretations provides a route towards appreciating the deep motivations that inspired the responses to the answers. A number of steps were taken to interpret the data collected with the aim of deriving the framework sought and to respond to the aims of the research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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