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Title: The impact of the socio-cultural aspects on the built environment, with special reference to the Sudan
Author: Madibo, Ali M. M.
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 1989
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The physical and spatial variations in response to cultural differences have generally been ignored in the contemporary theories and design of architecture worldwide. It is apparent that the design of the physical environment has departed from its context, and becomes a source of initial problems and disasters. This situation is well manifested in third world countries, where modern technological and economical co-operation, on top of the past colonialism, have escalated the process of architectural westernization. Thus this study is intended to correct the existing situation in the Sudan by turning to the rich Sudanese culture, and understand the Sudanese subtle daily life, needs and expectations through a proper understanding of the Sudanese cultural institutions. The study utilizes three interrelated methods (questionnaire, observational and cultural analysis), to uncover the hidden aspects of the Sudanese culture. The data collected in the survey from a sample of respondents is analysed, in order to understand the Sudanese attitudes towards the existing built environment and to identify their expectations in an ideal built environment that can satisfy their socio-cultural needs. The findings show a general dissatisfaction with the existing residential settings mainly from a planning pattern point of view. Furthermore, the result uncovers the wide gap between the westernized built environment and the indigenous Sudanese one. Finally, the findings show explicitly that designers have to pay attention to variations between distinctive cultures as well as to subcultural variations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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