Approaching urban design through the analysis of structural differences within three neighborhood typologies in Basra city

David Grierson, Qaaid Zgher Khlef Al-Saraify

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Recognizing the importance of physical environments as a major product of an urban design process for the livability of the built environment, this chapter focuses on urban planning and design characteristics within three different neighborhood typologies of Basra City. The aim of the study is to support future urban developments in the city based on evidences from the association between the current qualities of neighborhood design and the computed walking minutes of residents. These characteristics are determined from reviewed literature in urban design as reliable physical environmental perceived or objectively measured qualities. The methodology of this study describe four steps of analysis as; (1) the use of the cadastral maps of the case studies as a source of raw information for objective measurement; (2) the use of objective and subjective measures as defining indicators that utilized from previous studies; (3) the application of defined indicators for the selected neighborhoods through a comparative analysis; and (4) the conducting of statistical analysis to reveal the influence of the defined indicators on the walking. The findings of this study have led to conclusions on the importance of design attributes to future master planning of neighborhoods especially those of the traditional neighborhood, such as the Al-Saymmar neighborhood in Basra city.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability in Urban Planning and Design
EditorsAmjad Almusaed, Asad Almssad, Linh Truong-Hong
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83969-414-1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020


  • New Urbanism
  • smart growth
  • urban design
  • physical environment
  • neighborhood planning
  • walking


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