Planning According to New Urbanism: the Ostadsara Neighborhood Case Study

  • Nader Zali University of Guilan
  • Nasim Gholami Ghazvin Branch, Islamic azad University
  • Amir Reza Karimiazeri University of Guilan
  • Seyed Reza Azadeh University of Isfahan
Keywords: Neighborhood, Neighborhood Center, Neighborhood Identity, New Urbanism, Ostadsara Neighborhood of Rasht


The modern urbanism activities have led to rupture of previous spatial structure of neighborhoods and destruction of their identity. The New Urbanism Movement, as one of the successful models in urbanization field attempts to revive this lost national-social identity through the project of returning to traditional structure of neighborhoods by applying modern urbanization models and methods. The current paper aims at evaluation and analysis of “the Ostadsara neighborhood's organization based on new urbanism principles” and representation of solutions for planning a successful neighborhood center considering these principles. In this regard, various methods including library method, observation, photography, questionnaire and interview with users of the environment were utilized. The results from identification and assessment of weaknesses and strengths and specification and analysis of potential threats and opportunities shows the possibility of applying walkability, connectivity and integration, improvement of public transportation, improvement of architecture quality and urban design, maintenance and improvement of public and green open spaces, maintenance and strengthening the structure of traditional neighborhood units and using cooperation of Ostadsara neighborhood's inhabitants. Finally, the current study will represent appropriate strategies for changing the mentioned neighborhood into a desirable and prosperous one.


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Author Biographies

Nader Zali, University of Guilan

Associate professor of Urban Planning department at the University of Guilan. He was Dean of Research and Technology in the Faculty of Art and Architecture from 2009 to 2014. From 2014 he was Head of Department of Urban Planningat University of Guilan to now. He is representative of Guilan University in the organization of Roads and Urban Development at Guilan Province. His educational background are as follows:

BS: Social Planning, University of Shiraz, 1994-1998

MSc: Urban and regional Planning, University of Shiraz, 1998-2000 

PhD: Geography and Urban Planning, University of Tabriz, 2005- 2009

Research Fellow in Regional Development Foresight, University of UTM, Malaysia, 2009

Nasim Gholami, Ghazvin Branch, Islamic azad University
M.A. Degree, Department of urban planning
Amir Reza Karimiazeri, University of Guilan

Assistant Professor, Dep. of Architecture, Faculty of Art and Architecture

Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Guilan. He was Dean of Research and Technology in the Faculty of Art and Architecture from 2015 to 2016. From Sep 2016 he was director of the faculty of art and architecture at University of Guilan to now. His educational background is as follows:

MSc: Architecture, I.U.S.T University, 1995-2000

PhD: Architecture, I.U.S.T University, 2009- 2014


Seyed Reza Azadeh, University of Isfahan

Ph.D. Student in geography and urban planning, Faculty of Geographic and Planning Science, University of Isfahan from 2015 to now. His educational background are as follows:

BS: urban planning, University of Shiraz, 2007-2011

MSc: Urban and regional Planning, University of Guilan, 2012-2014 



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How to Cite
Zali, N., Gholami, N., Karimiazeri, A. R., & Azadeh, S. R. (2016). Planning According to New Urbanism: the Ostadsara Neighborhood Case Study. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 9(3), 323-341.