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Urban Design and Walkability: Lessons Learnt from Iranian Traditional Cities

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College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC 3011, Australia
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Department of Architecture, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil 5619911367, Iran
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School of Software & Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
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School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3216, Australia
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Academic Editor: Francesca Poggi
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5731; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105731
Received: 20 April 2021 / Revised: 10 May 2021 / Accepted: 13 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Physical activity is connected to public health in many ways, and walking is its most popular form. Modern planning models have been applied to cities to manage rapid urban expansions. However, this practice has led to low level of walkability and strong car-dependency in today’s cities. Hence, this study aims to provide a review of the most promising urban design parameters affecting walkability, using Frank Lawrence’s theory of “Objectively Measured Urban Form” (density, connectivity and accessibility, and mixed-use development) as the basis of discussion. The second part of this paper takes a case study approach, through discussing the main design elements of traditional Iranian cities (mosques, bazaars, residential quarters, and alleyways) and analyses their impacts on promoting walkability. This study concludes that incorporating inherent values of traditional urban design elements will complement modern planning and design practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: walkability; traditional cities; urban design; walkable cities walkability; traditional cities; urban design; walkable cities
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Jamei, E.; Ahmadi, K.; Chau, H.W.; Seyedmahmoudian, M.; Horan, B.; Stojcevski, A. Urban Design and Walkability: Lessons Learnt from Iranian Traditional Cities. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5731. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105731

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Jamei E, Ahmadi K, Chau HW, Seyedmahmoudian M, Horan B, Stojcevski A. Urban Design and Walkability: Lessons Learnt from Iranian Traditional Cities. Sustainability. 2021; 13(10):5731. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105731

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Jamei, Elmira, Khatereh Ahmadi, Hing Wah Chau, Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian, Ben Horan, and Alex Stojcevski. 2021. "Urban Design and Walkability: Lessons Learnt from Iranian Traditional Cities" Sustainability 13, no. 10: 5731. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105731

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