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Assistant Professor of Urban Design International University of Imam Khomeini
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The "Urban Village Approach" is one of the most appropriate ways to eliminate recent urban problems, including social, environmental, cultural, and economic shortcomings. Although the urban village approach is generally proper to resolve these types of flaws, its combination with the democratic concept of urban design can definitely provide more effective solutions. So at first, this paper aims at presenting a theoretical combination of these two approaches in the form of recommended principles and criteria, and then attempts to introduce a hypothetical wasteland for illustrating the practical aspects of it through design suggestions. A major part of the achievements of this paper is based on theoretical and empirical findings obtained from comparisons and descriptions, but in order to achieve more tangible results the practical aspects of findings are proven by displaying 3D designs and schemes. Consequently, these proposed principles and criteria can be used in designing a democratized urban village form that finally leads to some vital qualities, such as flexibility, inclusiveness, localism, diversity, vitality, naturality, identity, etc. These qualities will also bring some desired concepts within, like justice, equality, freedom, and democracy to the urban and rural areas and neighborhoods, in an appropriate and consistent relation with the existing contexts.

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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Urban Design
Received: 2017/05/21 | Accepted: 2017/08/27 | Published: 2017/10/10

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