A Methodological Approach for Reading Urban Open space
journal article
This paper suggests a methodological approach for reading and analyzing urban open spaces, based on the concept of behavioral setting, which deals with individuals and their behavior as a tool for reading the urban open space. The behavioral setting is defined as the smallest living entity in the physical environment and has three main components: physical (design), social (use) and cultural (rules). Based on that, the urban open space, as a part of the physical environment, can be considered as either one setting or a system of settings, according to the activities that take place within it and the users who occupy it.

The proposed methodological approach will be discussed through the theoretical analysis of various studies on the physical form of urban open spaces. The approach is expected to help planners and architects in developing and providing urban spaces that comply with people’s needs and values.
Al-Bishawi, Manal Ahmad and Ghadban, Shadi Sami. "A Methodological Approach for Reading Urban Open space," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 5, issue 1 (2011).
Parent Publications
Manal Ahmad Al-Bishawi and Shadi Sami Ghadban
city and regional development
environment-behavior studies
urban design