Urban Infill Processes and Their Role in Achieving the Main Objectives within the Old Urban Fabric
Mr. Hasan Hadi Sabti Al Hasany

The process of urban infill is one of the policies and processes of urban development at the old cities. The old view to this process was as a process of filling the urban void only, which is in harmony with the existing environment and all its physical properties only. This process deals with the empty, inactive, abandoned, neglected and uninhabited places. The research problem lies in the narrow classical view to the urban infill objectives with its implicit processes, weakness of the mechanisms of measuring the objectives achievement and the role of each processes. The research hypothesis that the process of urban infill includes five implicit processes (occupations, activation, reuse, redesign, environmental adaptation) each of which includes many procedures to achieve three main objectives: integration with the urban environment, development or redevelopment, and wise intervention to correct urban reality. The project of expansion of Imam Ali's Shrine was taken as a case study at the city of Najaf. A questionnaire was prepared which combines the role of the procedures of infill with its three main objectives. The sample was an elected sample consisting of (10) architects and planners. The research has many conclusions as know the role of the five processes to achieve the main objectives and have knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of each procedure or action within those processes.

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