Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 391

Full Length Research Paper

Rural-urban housing influencing changes in the physical-spaces of urban environment: A case of Hamidia City

  Masoud Mahdavi and Mohammad Yarmand*        
Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Tehran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 April 2012
  •  Published: 31 July 2013



Rural settlements as geographical landscape are considered as emerging through the interaction between human and environment. In recent years, the process is influenced by factors, and the changes in the physical-space texture are influenced by internal and external forces, developing problems and inadequacies of residents’ future living condition in rural settlements. In this regard, cities in geographical areas are excellent centers that have extensive effects on the process of changes in rural space through propagation patterns of habitat and livelihood practices. Amidst these, urban- village housing is formed as a half-way dwelling for optimal use by residents for such positions. Despite the strategies in villages, it require changes in form, physiognomy and is unaffected by the transformation and imitation of urban environment. In this article, the author uses a practical approach and library and field information to analyze the position of urban- village housing as a ring connection between the centers of low rural population and high urban population. In the approach, the resulting changes are caused by time and space process in rural areas, followed by urban lifestyle. The case study selected as an urban village is the City of Hamidia in Yazd.


Key words: Rural, urban villages, rural housing, rural-urban relation, physical-space changes, Hamidia.