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Organizing worn-out neighborhoods with the new-urbanism approach using mixed methods in Rudsar, northern Iran

Reza Askarizad (The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, Institute of Urban Development, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China) (Department of Architecture, Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR), Rasht, Iran)
Akram Dadashpour (Department of Urban Design, Deylaman Institute of Higher Education, Lahijan, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Javad Faghirnavaz (Department of Urban Design, Deylaman Institute of Higher Education, Lahijan, Islamic Republic of Iran) (Department of Architecture, Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR), Rasht, Iran)
Jinliao He (The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, Institute of Urban Development, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Hossein Safari (Department of Architecture, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 7 September 2021

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The vulnerability of worn-out textures in the face of natural disasters is one of the most significant challenges that have forced planners and urban managers to intervene in these structures. In this context, the new-urbanism, or the new urbanization, movement is one of the most novel approaches. This paper aims to organizing one of the worn-out neighborhoods in Rudsar, northern Iran with an approach toward the new urbanism.

Design/methodology/approach

The procedure adopted in this research is a combination of both quantitative and qualitative practices with an applied approach. Therefore, through utilizing the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and space syntax methods, the principles of the new urbanism are examined using the Expert Choice and Depthmap software. Subsequently, the appropriate priorities are mentioned for organizing the neighborhood with the new-urbanism approach using the building information system (BIM) and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) techniques.

Findings

The findings of this study indicate that among the main characteristics of the new urbanism, walkability is recognized as the most important factor. Afterward, the components of maintaining the traditional structure of neighborhoods and connectivity were in the second and third ranks, respectively, of importance. Accordingly, by identifying the societal potential of roads according to their spatial configuration, it is possible to boost walkability, as well as economic prosperity in these areas.

Originality/value

The combination and correlation of the four utilized methods in this research can be adopted in the future studies as a new outlook of the mixed methods in the field of urban studies.

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Citation

Askarizad, R., Dadashpour, A., Faghirnavaz, J., He, J. and Safari, H. (2023), "Organizing worn-out neighborhoods with the new-urbanism approach using mixed methods in Rudsar, northern Iran", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 128-155. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-03-2021-0055

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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