The Concept of Social Sustainability in Schools For the Contemporary Iraqi Architects
AL-Rafdain Engineering Journal (AREJ),
2014, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages 36-49
This paper tackles the problem of the decreasing social quality of Iraqi schools resulted from repeating school models designed long time ago, despite the world recent socially sustainable schools designs which was affected by profound changes in the fields of education, sociology and psychology culminated by the introduction of the concept of social sustainability. Accordingly, these nececiates parallel developments in the schools design thinking and practicing of the Iraqi architects. This paper intends to answer the question of the nature of the social sustainability concept for the contemporary Iraqi architects as its main problem. The method adopted to tackle this issue includes introducing an adequate theoretical framework of the different aspect of social sustainability in schools, then exploring those aspects for Iraqi architects through a practical study. The conclusions defines the nature of deviation of the local design thinking in comparison with the general theory of social sustainable schools. Then required proposals are recommended.
Key Words:Social sustainability, Schools, Design Thinking, Design Measures, Contemporary Iraqi Architects
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