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From house to home: exploring the spatial expression of social identity on traditional Shiraz houses

Sadrodin Moqadam (Independent Researcher, Shiraz, Iran)
Linda Nubani (SPDC, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)


ISSN: 2631-6862

Article publication date: 8 December 2022




The present study, based on a comparative analysis of several historic houses in Shiraz, presents a new perspective on uncovering the role of the social lives of homeowners in the formation of the spatial configurations of their houses.


Twelve plans were selected and analyzed using space syntax techniques. The spatial characteristics were compared mathematically using integration, intelligibility and axial synergy.


The results of the research showed that spatial configurations reflected the social identity of their homeowners as well as their cultural and private beliefs. The results further highlighted the syntactical differences between different types of one courtyard houses, two courtyard houses and three courtyard houses. While privacy was maintained across all housing layouts, centralized one-courtyard typography had the highest synergy while the three-courtyard typology had the highest intelligibility.


This research advances the use of space syntax approach in the design of contemporary housing by recognizing the socio-cultural values of its occupants.



Declaration of interest: The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

Funding: We have received no funding.


Moqadam, S. and Nubani, L. (2022), "From house to home: exploring the spatial expression of social identity on traditional Shiraz houses", Archnet-IJAR, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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