Evaluation of urban reconstruction management in-approach to social sustainability

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

2 Department of Art and Architecture, Tehran-North branch, Islamic Azad University of Tehran,Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Art and Architecture, Roshdiyeh Higher Education Institute of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran


The Historical fabric of cities is facing specific structural and functional problems and obstacles due to their historical value and a mere physical look of renovation and improvement projects. In recent years, regeneration and sustainable urban regeneration programs have been taken into consideration owing to social status and economic decline. Despite all the aforementioned aspects of sustainable development in a sustainable regeneration, the prevailing later view is the “social sustainability”, which is “social sustainability is certainty of development. Having a rich history and tourism potential options, Saheb Abad site in Tabriz is facing specific structural and functional obstacles; the projects suggested in recent years have been restricted to very limited physical procedures ignoring social aspects. Thus, the purpose of the present article is to assess the social sustainability by the sociable sustainable criteria that extracts from the theoretical fundamentals of the research. The main research question is whether there is social sustainability in Saheb Abad site. For this purpose, social sustainability has been assessed using descriptive-analytic method, determining social, sustainable variables such as the identity, security, partnership of local communities, access to public services, education and poverty, as well as the studies carried out based on field deductions performed through national documents, interviews and questionnaires among the residents of the Saheb Abad site. The results show that the rate of identity indicator, security indicator and the involvement of local communities are in the high, low and medium ranges, successively, and access to public services is estimated to be low in this area. Moreover, the rate of literacy is low, and that this area is facing a high rate of poverty. It can be concluded that Saheb Abad Square is sustainable regarding social aspects. This shows that social sustainability must be emphasized for the sustainable urban regeneration.


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