Comparative Assessment of People’s and Experts’ Perception of Urban Space (Case study of urban collection of Emamzadeh Saleh, Tajrish, Tehran)

Document Type : Research Article


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2 Assistant prof.- Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning – Imam Khomeini International University- IRAN


The most important issue in urban design thought is consideration of designing process as a short time process rather than a long term and continual process that is entangled with social and political mechanisms. Therefore, designing may fail due to ignoring essential processes that are effective on forming projects. Processes form actions while adding meaning to it. This leads to flexibility and conservativeness in expressing definite solutions. The approaches that change urban design form a passive state of being into an active one, from formal to functional-formal , from being design-oriented into process-oriented and from administrative into participative situation, mostly focus on real quality enhancement. Here, both users’ and manufactures’ (urban planner and designer) role in considered in perception of urban space. Consideration of place quality perceived by users in an urban space accompanied by place components considered by urban designers demonstrates the social aspect of the space. Citizen’s reception of space according to their cultural origin and community norms, embody the users’ personal framework in use of space and demonstration of environmental and social behaviors. There are three main factors in the regeneration and reorganization of every urban environment: environment or urban space, users of space, and urban planners and designers of space. Each urban environment should continue its identifying and semantic structure basis throughout time in order to embody time (sense of time) into its place characteristic. What seems obvious in the background identity of urban spaces is the degradation of place from its epistemological foundations and undermining of the perception of different layers of time in space.The current study attempts to examine users’ and experts’ perception of place quality with an emphasis on their "common existential space". In this regard, urban collection of Emamzadeh saleh (The enclosed space across Emamzadeh Saleh and market place, between riverside space and Tajrish square) is assessed as a case study. This research specially tries to answer this question: What are the differences and similarities in assessment of perceptive measuring according to people’s and urban experts’ points of view in the case study (urban collection of Emamzadeh Saleh).
The quantity and quality data are obtained questionnaire that captured people and quality of place in frame of map and graph that is assessed descriptive - imaginative. The results are obtained from the research that indicates suitable measurement level of citizen rather than expert inform of factors that assess. But citizen’s measurement in two factors is less them average tend to well. So in assessment the total of one space by the time that first needs of individual don’t replied in facing to public space, the individual is unable to acquire higher stages perception of qualities environment. Use of the technique that approximates viewpoints of experts and users space must situate among specialist’s agenda of organizing spaces.


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