International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Sustainability in Building & Urban Scale in Iranian Arid Old Cities
Department of Urban Design, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Desert-fringe cities constitute a considerable number of the Iranian settlements. In these regions the issue of protection against heat and dryness of air and soil plays a vital role, so providing shadow and finally decreasing stress of the weather is a critical factor for the human well being.
The paper consists of two major parts. The first part will cover the idea of sustainable design from a general perspective and give a few suggestions in regards to the theoretical framework, including:
The second and more important part will be concerned with a case study of Yazd Old City in Iran. Intelligent buildings & contexts will be presented in light of the theoretical framework.
Keywords: Sustainability, Building Scale, Urban Scale, Arid Cities, Old City, Iran