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AFFORDABLE HOUSING

To conduct urban development in an area, field research, interview and library studies are required. Aim of these projects is to get to know the people in the region and to learn how they use the land to build shelters. Studying Zamzam territory, shows that each residential block is as big as 200-400 sq meters, having the possibility of including 4-12 units, each 80 sq meters. So, the all-in-one residential project considered for 128 units, could have possibly become a kind of threat for its urban and social normal life. The macro design step took urban fabric and already- built civil corridors, as the starting points, into account. Doing this, the new project could be simply coordinated with normal daily life of people, while become a kind of model for old neighborhood parts renovation. Taking into account the desired occupation rate, the idea of considering a shared social place, right inside the project plot, came up. Due to lack of sufficient public places and the possibility of using this shared location for developing religious and\or cultural attractions, such idea could attract people’s support and enrich the relation between them and the future developer. This not only could bring investments in terms of multiple small ones to local individuals into the project, but also encourages the people to visit more frequently the construction activities and get a better idea of what is going on: Inspiration of a real “meaning” to the project. As for outer appearance and outdoor building design all possible effort has been made to allow the residents to use their building roof and facades. In fact the project tries hard to prevent using any ready-made imported idea that could make residents to change their traditional daily life style.