DOMESTIC URBAN SPACE: REDEFINITION FOR THE POOR

Alshimaa Abolmakarem Farag

Abstract


The provision of adequate home is one of the most decent living needs of human beings. Therefore,
the state has built several residential projects in order to provide proper housing especially for the poor
citizens in view of their limited financial situation. Domestic urban spaces have not received the
appropriate attention despite its social and economic importance for this category. Decision makers who
are usually affected by international theories and literature definitions deal with these spaces in curious
vision that is incompatible with the spirit of the place and the requirements of ordinary people and their
living style. A comparison between theory, literature, and theoretical definitions of such spaces, and the
users dealings with the urban space in practice, reveals the difference between theoretical concept and real
practice. This comparison emphasizes the importance of redefining the domestic urban space such that the
performance of an urban designer should meet the real needs. The objective of the comparison is to prove
the differences between the local reality and theory derived from communities characterized by different
cultural traits. The author follows the deductive method to prove the differences in the definition of
“Domestic Urban space”. This research is concerned with external urban spaces close to homes in
residential areas and known as “Domestic Urban Spaces”, especially which is designed for poor people.

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