The Sense of Place in the New Homes of Post-Bam Earthquake Reconstruction

Ahmad, Mohd Hamdan and Ossen, Dilshan Remaz (2012) The Sense of Place in the New Homes of Post-Bam Earthquake Reconstruction. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 3 (3). pp. 220-236. ISSN 1759-5908

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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17595901211263611

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to study the efforts of the 2003 Bam earthquake survivors and their strategy for coping with home loss. Regarding the key role of the sense of place within the recovery process following the disaster, this paper considers the characteristics of lost settings located in a desert area while searching for the factors that made an impact on householders' perception of newly built houses. Design/methodology/approach: On the basis of the field survey, a group of 186 households were selected by the probability sampling method. Accordingly, the random selection of residents was organized within the three defined zones of the city that had experienced different degrees of building damages. Data were collected using a face-to-face communication approach with the target group of owners of self-built houses. Findings: The findings indicate that households tend to arrange the new settings on the basis of their perceptions of home place as well as the experience of loss during the quake. It also confirms that owners' participation in housing reconstruction process within setting arrangement has a significant positive impact on their attitude toward newly built homes. Originality/value: Due to the widespread incidence of natural disasters and in the light of the key role of home place in the existence of human beings and their recovery process, the opportunity for local participation in new housing is highlighted as a means to overcome the challenges faced.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bam earthquake, earthquakes, home loss, housing reconstruction, Iran, local and new styles, natural disasters, sense of home place
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 09:07
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 05:07
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/409

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