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Urban Spaces and Its Impact on Social Activities

The stages of urban design aim at constituting a built environment which fulfils the needs and suits the behaviors of human beings for the user's comfort and acceptance of urban space as an assembly point for practicing social activities. It may be noted that urban spaces do not fulfil the needs of human beings (Economic, social and recreational), in addition to its adverse impacts on the environment, thus affecting the human behavior. Moreover, this space may not be well-utilized, and the urban (physical) environment may suffer from distortions, since space loses its function as a human social space designed for humans. This study addresses the problem of upgrading and renovating the urbanely deteriorated regions with its focus on the physical aspect (built environment) and disregard to the moral aspect; i.e. the human being who inhabits these regions. This led to the emergence of adverse impacts, whether on the built environment, the user of space, or the effect of the user of space on the built environment, such as lack of pedestrian crossing places, disappearance of pedestrian sidewalks, non-availability of spaces for space users to the practice the activities of resting and sitting, the disappearance of a certain social activity, or the emergence of an environmental impact resulting in one of the manifestations of pollution of any of its types (visual, auditory, environmental). The study concludes that the relation between urban spaces of all its types must proceed in two parallel and complementary directions for the built environment to perform the function for which it was designed; i.e. the comfort of human beings and the fulfilment of their economic, recreational, or cultural needs.

Spaces, Urban, Environment, Urbanism, Population Activities

Sameh Mohamed Hamed Elyan. (2021). Urban Spaces and Its Impact on Social Activities. Urban and Regional Planning, 6(4), 123-134. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.urp.20210604.14

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