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Urban Structure in Hot Arid Environments

Strategies for Sustainable Development


  • Offers a unique book for professional urban planners and urban designers, as well as students interested in the study of hot arid environments, as it takes into account the influence of historical and climatic factors in shaping urban forms

  • Reflects more than 40 years of research on the topic

  • Includes detailed urban design case studies, appendices, and an in-depth comparative analytical study between Iran’s Yazd region and Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

  • Richly illustrated with photos and maps meaningfully integrated into the text


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Influence of Historical Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mahmoud Tavassoli
      Pages 11-18
    3. Mahmoud Tavassoli
      Pages 59-97
  3. Influence of Climatic Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Mahmoud Tavassoli
      Pages 139-149
    3. Mahmoud Tavassoli
      Pages 151-165
  4. Guidance Through Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Mahmoud Tavassoli
      Pages 169-205
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-241

About this book


This essential reference guide to strategies and solutions for urban planning in hot arid environments reflects the journey toward many cities, towns and villages in Iran, which are documented and presented in the form of case studies and comparative analysis. It is the outcome of extensive research on the influence of historical, cultural and climatic factors on urban spatial forms and rural complexes in Iran’s Hot Arid Zone.

The environment of the Hot Arid Zone offers valuable insights into how to overcome historical difficulties, how to endure harsh climatic conditions, how to be innovative and creative in responding to problems in new ways, and how to utilize natural energy sources. Considerable attention is given to the recognition of values, current problems and the renewal of traditional fabrics, urban blocks and traditional buildings. Important aspects in both academic education and in the urban design profession include traditional urban structures and traditional approaches to using natural energy as a creative process that is continuously changing and renews itself over time – a dynamic characteristic from which we can glean many lessons for the future.

This book is based on a book previously published by the author in Persian. This version is an extensively revised version.


Urban Planning in Hot Arid Environments Urban History Climatic Factors Climatic Structure of the City Urban Structure in Islamic Territories Hot Arid Zone Architecture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Design University of Tehran TehranIran

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