Implications of Urban Environmental Issues on Individuals and Groups Functions: Case Study

Bassam Abu Awwad, Malek Al Mumani, Numan Abu Hammad


The physical environment of city life consists of variety of elements with functions and semantics, impacting the perceptions of individuals, groups, and their behavior. Increasing population, communication, transportation, diverse lifestyles and machine invention all reflect the secretion of new urban problems in terms of human and environmental dimensions. Problems consisting of random growth in population, space exploitation to the special interests of users and the lack of a comprehensive regulatory scheme for such areas. The current investigation discuss the intervention of official authorities in organizing the urbanization and the emergence differences and various related disciplines in Amman city. The urban fabric of the old downtown of Amman, Jordan, is randomly compact which leads to an overlapping of private and public movements, weakening the supposed relationship between the different activities and their spatial molds and this negatively affects the behavioral performance. Whereas, the city center, neighborhoods and other essential elements are not contributing to the local community in prober manner. The study examines the spatial fabric of Amman city in terms of behavioral fabric of the local community for instance, the social, religious, customs and traditions of the system. In order to overcome such issues, the architectural style reconfiguration, redistribution of services on decentralization bases, removal the slums, organizing  the pedestrian and vehicle movements and the main movement paths and routs; probably will lead to drastic improvements and changes in the city lifestyle.

Keywords: physical environment, random growth, settlements, slums, Amman, Jordan

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