Narrow Passages in an Eastern Context

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  • Title: Narrow Passages in an Eastern Context: Liveable Spaces or Leftovers?
  • Author(s): Ahlam Ammar Sharif, Yu Yoshii
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Constructed Environment
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Constructed Environment
  • Keywords: Narrow Passages, Vernacular Architecture, Eastern Context, Liveable Spaces, Leftovers, Al Bastakiya, Gion South, Familiar Stranger, Eye on the Street, User Interactions
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 2154-8587 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8595 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v08i03/27-37
  • Citation: Sharif, Ahlam Ammar , and Yu Yoshii. 2017. "Narrow Passages in an Eastern Context: Liveable Spaces or Leftovers?." The International Journal of the Constructed Environment 8 (3): 27-37. doi:10.18848/2154-8587/CGP/v08i03/27-37.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

Narrow passages have specific importance in architectural and urban studies due to their functional and aesthetic qualities. Emphasized as liveable spaces in traditional cities, with specific values attached to them, they have emerged in some cases either with less liveability or as leftovers, losing their inherent qualities. This article aims to follow narrow passages in an Eastern context to identify how they could in some cases be liveable, but in other cases avoidable leftovers. This article uses informal interviews with elderly people in Bastakiya district in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as interviews and site observations in Gion South district in Kyoto, Japan.