The Regenerating Rural Societies by Emphasizing Aspects of Socio-cultural Sustainability in Iran

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Rural societies are known as social, cultural, economical, natural and physical homogeneous units which are limited and independent territories as spaces for settlement, occupations and social interaction which supply people needs in cities. Unfortunately these settlements are being eliminated by residents immigrating to big cities and abandoning agricultural activities. Therefore, Iran may become dependent on foreign country's resources. The aim of this paper is to consider the ways of survival according to the approach of “socio – cultural sustainable design” in rural context as the solution for surviving rurality in Iran. Thus, it tries to suggest "design guidelines" by noticing special features of rural settlements in comparison to urban settlements such as: Religious beliefs, Family engagement (strong sympathy relationship among family members), Respect to nature, Work as interests, Cultural customs and traditions, Conventional and cultural values, Sustainable design ( proposed architecture is based on climate acclimatization, livelihood acclimatization and cultural acclimatization to saving energy or energy efficiency by using sustainable design principles), increasing residents income.


Keywords: Regeneration, Rural Settlements, Socio – cultural Sustainability, Sustainable Design
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Shiva Arasteh

Affiliation not supplied
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Shiva Arasteh was born 1976
Ph candidate in “research sciences” university in Tehran, Iran.
M.A in architecture from Shahid Beheshti university , Tehran.
Professor architecture in Azad university in Tehran, Iran

Azadeh Lak

Urban Designer
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Azadeh lak
AZADEH _LAK @YAHOO.COM
BORN IN 1978 IN IRAN.
Sudent of M.A in urban design in Shahid Beheshti university , Tehran.
M.A in architecture from Shahid Beheshti university , Tehran.
Professors’ assistant in landscape design department in Shahid Beheshti university , Tehran.
WORK AS URBAN DESIGNER IN BAGHE- ANDISHE CONSULTANT

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