Housing Development Strategies in Small Cities, Case Study: Khomam City in Guilan

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. in Architecture, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran

2 Professor, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Tehran, Iran


Problem statement: In housing development planning, a comprehensive approach is required. In this approach all elements and components affecting the housing are considered, the relationships between them are identified and finally a set of different solutions by prioritizing them should be provided. Locating and examination of the place where new housing and living environments are built is one of the components of this comprehensive approach. Therefore, it is essential to provide housing development strategies tailored for a specific location which are small cities in this study.
Research objective: The purpose of this article is to provide strategies for proper housing development, considering the role of these cities in balancing the habitat system in the codification process of a comprehensive housing development plan.
Research method: In this research, the logical reasoning has been used in the explanatory section and in the section of presenting strategies analytical-descriptive method has been used. Documentation methods and field studies have been used to collect research data.
Conclusion: This study showed that in the specific process using vernacular architecture principles, strategies for proper housing development can be codified. These strategies can be divided into four categories: form, function, space, materials and construction. Proper development in the housing sector contributes to the sustainable development of small cities and strengthens their role in the regional development process.


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