The evolution of spatial codes in informal urbanism: analysis of residential patterns in Palestinian-Israeli towns

Maisa Totry, Idan Hauz, Nurit Alfasi, Itzhak Benenson

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Abstract

This research explores the impact of urbanization on familial spatial codes within informal settings and sheds light on their adaptation to contemporary processes. Through comparing residential patterns between traditionally clan-based neighbourhoods alongside urbanized mixed-familial ones in the Palestinian-Israeli town of Sakhnin, the study seeks to scrutinize the socio-economic and political influences on the conduct of traditional code-based systems. Employing GIS analysis, the study examines a two-decade development period of residential patterns in both types of neighbourhoods and uncovers distinct spatial configurations. However, comprehensive interviews with residents reveal that despite urbanization constraints, the familial code continues to guide bottom-up development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Urban Design
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Palestinian towns
  • Urban codes
  • informality
  • spatial patterns
  • urbanisation

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