Identifying the Effect of the Old Neighborhoods İdentity on the Consent of the Living Environment (Case Study: Ali Gholi Agha and Vali Asr Neighborhood in Esfahan)

Elnaz Khadem MOAKHAR, Fariba GHARAEI, Morvarid Ghasemi ESFAHANI, Hamid KHADEM
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A lot of cities in Iran including Esfahan have a significant old history, and the inner parts of the city is historically valuable, but the exogenous growth, adding multiple functions in different parts of the city, and its expansion caused the neighborhoods gradually experienced problems. Fortunately, most of these neighborhoods in Esfahan have retained their identities and people still keep the sense of belonging to the neighborhoods. But today, some neighborhoods are emerging which except the differences in their names, there are not any distinct features among them. This incorrect course and faulty movements have created a situation so that in the new urban context, the traditional characteristics of the neighborhood and values such as neighborly relations, peace, etc. have been vanished and even in some cases, the name of old neighborhood have been replaced by the name of new phase, block, town, street, etc. Another issue of great importance is the inhabitants’ satisfaction with their living environments. Hence, Planners have always sought to optimize the mutual relationship between humans and the environment to improve the human life and the inhabitants feel satisfied with their lives quality. Therefore, it was aimed to examine how much the identity components of old neighborhoods and their historical identities affect the inhabitants’ satisfaction of their living environments and if it is possible to achieve a set of designing principles to apply in the middle and new neighborhoods. Therefore, with regard to the points mentioned, the effect of the old neighborhoods identity on the consent of the living environment was studied. For this purpose, Ali Gholi Agha neighborhood as a neighborhood with identity and Vali Asr neighborhood as a neighborhood which was recently developed were chosen as cases of the study. In this study, the methods of  library, surveys and personal interviews were used and data analysis was performed using spss software.


Traditional neighborhood, neighborhood identity, living environment satisfaction

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