The role of sustainable architecture of cultural buildings in the urban socialization and humans’ participation


  • Mahsa Afzali Department of Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Hamedan Branch, Hamedan
  • Mahdiyeh Zeinali Kermani Department of urban planning, Faculty of Architecture and urban planning , Islamic Azad University
  • Paria Hefzisalehi Architecture faculty, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Mohsen Teimouri Jervekani College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology



Socialization, Social Interaction, Urban Spaces, Cultural Spaces, Architecture


The swelling of the population is an inescapable trend in many countries. There is no point in denying that managing this fundamental social change is an unprecedented challenge. A significant change has occurred as a result of the rapid expansion of urbanization. Sometimes urban space and architecture are sloppy and messy. Urbanization over the past century has led to the loss of the nature and function of buildings and urban spaces as a result of uncontrolled urbanization without consideration for factors such as form, function, and meaning. This problem has the major consequence of reducing social interaction and vitality in neighborhoods. A building, which is one of the main components of urban design, can contribute to urban sustainability and increase social participation. Therefore, this study has focused on the relationship between the characteristics of architecture and urban environment in social interactions by explaining these spaces and their influence in the cultural center's design. The case study is Khavaran cultural centre which is selected in Tehran city. The results indicate that the architecture can affect the quantity and quality of socialization of the cultural buildings.


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