Interdisciplinary Themes Journal, Vol 1, No 1 (2009)

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STUDY OF URBAN SPACES: PROBLEMS IN THE CITY OF KERMAN, IRAN

Negin Minaei, MohammadHossein Tajalli

Abstract


Although Kerman is a historical city with lots of green spaces but is known boring by locals. We have studied the people’s behavior in 24 case studies in city of Kerman during 3years ". The research is a case study research and cases were chosen regarding their importance, uniqueness, expansion, and potentials. We collected our data with direct and indirect observations, documenting people's behavior, mapping behavioral patterns, having interviews with local people, neighbors, using questionnaires and people's comments about the spaces; we derived a general view that helped us to have a better understanding of what people want and need. We divided these open derelict spaces in three groups; 1. Ancient spaces with a great identity, interesting and in some cases unique in our architecture in national scale but forgotten and disappearing by destroying or ruining 2. Green open spaces or city parks 3.Mega buildings in shrinkage process, empty for years without function making the image of the city unpleasant. In this paper we use maps, charts, tables, and photos about our observations and present the problems, some solutions and ideas that we found out to regenerate the urban spaces of Kerman and make them more attractive to people.                                                                                                                                                                 

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