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Keywords

Spatial Analysis, Urban Edges, Historic Arab Cities, Historic edges

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering

Abstract

This paper develops a quantitative analysis method that is capable of examining the urban edges of historic cities with reference to their spatial configuration. This aim provides the opportunity for assessing the current situation of historic urban edges. Accordingly, this assessment will help in developing appropriate regeneration plans for the site. Second, it enhances the process of comparison with other cases, in order to inherit those successful interventions that might fit according to base similarities, such as the spatial configuration, architectural characteristics, or other features, in addition, searching for any repetitive patterns. Assessing the current situation requires the evaluation of the interrelationship between both the historic and modern edge fabrics, measuring their spatial accessibility and connectivity. Four Arab cities are used as experimental comparative case studies, they are as follows: Cairo, Damascus, Alexandria and Tripoli (Lebanon).

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