Water Urbanism

Analytical Study of Design Principles in Contemporary Urban Product

  • Nada Abdulmueen Department of Architectural Engineering, University of Technology, Iraq
  • Rana Mazin
  • Shereen Kamil
Keywords: design principles., Water Sensitive Urban Design, Development and Green-Blue City, Water Urbanism


Water is an important element of urban development due to its relationship with changing environmental and climatic conditions in particular, thus, contemporary trends suggest the link between water and urban development processes, offering a new kind of safe coexistence with water through the role of urban design, social life and ecological renovation.

The research explores the concept of (Water Urbanism) to make cities more coherent and open towards water environment, as a contemporary track contributing to the development and sustainability of cities on the one side, and extract the most important indicators for the design principles for the water urbanism approach on the other side, the problem of the research was identified as “the absence of a comprehensive theoretical framework for the design principles of the water urbanism approach according to sustainable city development trends”, and the hypothesis of the research states as "the design principles of the water urbanism approach for multi-uses are integrated through networks and water linkages”. The hypothesis of the research was tested in two urban models that adopted a clear blue network design with the open urban spaces system. The research found a set of theoretical and practical conclusions concerning formulas that fulfill the design principles of the water urbanism approach.


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How to Cite
Abdulmueen, N., Mazin, R. and Kamil, S. (2019) “Water Urbanism”, Iraqi Journal of Architecture and Planning, 18(2), pp. 71-86. doi: 10.36041/iqjap.v18i2.478.
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