Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2740

Full Length Research Paper

An analytical approach to domain concept in Iranian traditional cities

Farah Habib
Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 April 2012
  •  Published: 26 July 2012



Human need for comfort, tranquility, a sense of security and meaning in his life as well as respect for his domain by others and desirable settlement shall be made possible by way of obtaining proper trends in specifying private and public areas of his life and establishing accurate hierarchy in functional, and physical aspects. Analysis of this structure that we can find in Iranian traditional cities increases his sense of belonging and dependency to place and makes his habitat meaningful. Therefore, the aim is to manifest the importance of domain concept in urban design and to achieve appropriate domain and privacy in designing urban space in which learning from the past can be useful. Consequently, from the analysis of historic fabric in a traditional city whose historic fabric has been preserved, we can observe and analyse their physical aspect such as NAEEN; to help us provide some resolutions and principals to practically employ such concepts in future designs.


Key words: Domain, privacy, frontage, Iranian urban space, hierarchy.