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Established areas of Moradab Hill/Eslamabad, an informal settlement in Iran (figure on the right is modified from an image published by Mehr News Agency under a CC BY 4.0 license (https://www.mehrnews.com/news/1748977/).

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posted on 07.12.2020, 23:53 by Sombol Mokhles, Minna Sunikka-Blank
This figure shows the established/old parts of Moradab Hill, an informal settlement, that have been less affected by top-down regeneration policies. They mainly include the original self-built areas, which were built collectively by the early residents based on their needs. The urban form is fine-grained and organic with hierarchical, highly sloped pedestrian streets. Common features of these highly dynamic areas are semi-private and semi-public spaces such as cul-de-sacs, narrow alleys, and pedestrian-oriented streets, small plots of self-built single-family houses up to three stories, with small, local retail shops.

This figure is part of a research conducted in Moradab Hill, that adopts a gender perspective to explore the influence of different places on women’s practices for social interaction and physical activity in the case study. This research was undertaken in 2019, as part of an MPhil studies at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. The fieldwork was undertaken in April 2019.

This figure except the photo on the right was created by Sombol Mokhles, the photo on the right is adapted from: https://www.mehrnews.com/news/1748977/.

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Omid-Cambridge Trust

Queens’ College Studentship

Kettle’s Yard travel award

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