Measuring the way of using historical social spaces in Shiraz city

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Architecture, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran


Introduction and purpose: Meaningful places are formed in a social context and as a result of social interactions between people in a physical environment, which are linked with the cultural, social and activity contexts that govern that society. Therefore, this paper aims to evaluate the use of historical spaces in the city of Shiraz.
Methodology: In order to know the presence of people in historical places, in the main part of the research, which is a case study, the field method has been used. The selected case sample of the historical center of Shiraz city and the selected samples of this research are also a historical complex and its bazaar (Zandiyeh complex), a religious place (Shahcheragh complex) and a residential neighborhood (Sang-e-Siah neighborhood), all of which are from the historical center of Shiraz city.
Findings: The results show that the majority of people who attend public and community centers for long distances believe in the feeling of peace, security, freedom of diverse social activities, easy access, harmony with nature in space, climate protection issues and also the existence of other activities. Adjacent facilities such as cafes and restaurants are for holding personal meetings and gathering of people.
Conclusion: The Zandiyeh complex of Shiraz, despite its services, facilities and attractions, has functioned as a successful space and has high sociability.


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