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Hooshmand Alizadeh

Hooshmand Alizadeh

Academic rank: Associate Professor
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Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 22978245100
Faculty: Faculty of Art and Architecture
Address: Dept. of Urban planning and design Faculty of Art and Architecture University of Kurdistan, Pasdaran Boulevard Sanandaj, 6617715175
Phone: 08733666771

Research

Title
Developing sustainable strategies for urban parks function: the case study of Deedgah park in Sanandaj, Iran
Type
Presentation
Keywords
Sustainable parks, Urban Parks, socio-ecological values, Deedgah park, Sanandaj, SWOT analysis
Year
2015
Researchers Hooshmand Alizadeh ، Mohammad Hamed Abdi

Abstract

Rapidly growing urbanization and changing patterns of work and life have increasingly created a huge gap between society and natural world and allowed ourselves to be encapsulated in an artificial environment and the alienation between people and the nature was increased. Given that urban areas are continuously increasing in size and population, so does the need for urban parks. Access to urban greenery areas have been shown to improve human quality of life, facilitate social cohesion, and equity, as well as enhance human physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being (Gupta, Kumar et al. 2012). By increasing property values and attracting tourism, these spaces can also provide critical economic benefits to communities (Haq 2011). This can be linked to the concept of sustainability which seeks to simultaneously enhance the health of social, economic, and ecological systems. Considering this general definition from sustainability science, it can be highlighted that the sustainable park approach integrates both social and ecological values, merging ideals of sustainable development with human health and well-being (Chiesura 2004). Considering this theoretical background and that decision-makers in Iran have realized the potential of urban parks to improve urban quality of life in recent years(Lahijanian and Shiehbeiki 2011), the paper tries to develop sustainable strategies for Deedgah park in the city of Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan province. Due to its location, function and long historical background, it gained a symbolic identity in the collective memory of the people. In recent years, its social life is threatening due to the poor urban management and rapidly urban growth which is almost geared towards the automobile by creating two underpass bridges to ease traffic congestion close to Deedgah Park. To reach the main aim defined as the title of the paper, a descriptive-analytical method has been used regarding the results of literature review and fie