Authenticity, identity and sustainability in post-war Iraq: reshaping the urban form of Erbil city

Ibrahim, R., Mushatat, S. and Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, 2014. Authenticity, identity and sustainability in post-war Iraq: reshaping the urban form of Erbil city. Journal of Islamic Architecture, 3 (2), pp. 58-68. ISSN 2086-2636

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Issues of authenticity and identity are particularly significant in cities where social and cultural change is
shaping active transformation of its urban fabric and structure in the post-war condition. In search of
sustainable future, Iraqi cities are stretched between the two ends of the spectrum, authentic quarters with its
traditional fabric and modern districts with their global sense of living. This paper interrogates the reciprocal
influences, distinct qualities and sustainable performance of both authentic and modern quarters of Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi province of Kurdistan, as factors in shaping sustainable urban forms for Iraqi cities. In doing so, the paper, firstly, seeks to highlight the urban identity as an effective factor in relation to sustainable urban form. Secondly, the city of Erbil in Iraq has been chosen as a field study, due to its regional, social, political and historical role in the region. Thirdly, the study emphasises the dynamic activities and performance of residential projects according to rational sustainable criteria. The research concludes that urban identity and the sense of place in traditional and historical places should inform design strategies in order to achieve a more sustainable urban context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Islamic Architecture
Creators: Ibrahim, R., Mushatat, S. and Abdelmonem, M.G.
Publisher: Department of Architecture, Faculty of Science and Technology, UIN Maliki Malang
Date: December 2014
Volume: 3
Number: 2
ISSN: 2086-2636
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 08 Jun 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:15

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