Sustainable Tourism Development: Iranian Oasis Settlement

By Asgharmohammad Moradi, GH Hossein Memarian, Narges Dehghan and Hojjatollah Abdi Ardekani.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainable tourism is tourism development that avoids damage to the environment, economy and cultures of the locations where it takes place. The overlapping subjects of the tourism industry and the environmental approach in planning and design have focused attention on the idea of sustainable tourism. The conservation of natural environments as well as consideration for tourism needs and requirements are issues of great importance in the world today, especially in oasis areas where both potentials for conservation and development of tourism should be considered. This paper will contribute to that perspective and debate by examining oasis settlements in Iran. It will attempt to show why the particular characteristics and culture of these Iranian oases, specifically vernacular architecture and traditional water supply systems, lend themselves to a viable focus for tourism which if properly implemented can become part of a sustainable tourism program.

Keywords: Sustainable Tourism, Iranian Oasis Settlement, Qanat, Traditional Architecture, Vernacular Architecture

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.287-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.105MB).

Asgharmohammad Moradi

Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

GH Hossein Memarian

Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Narges Dehghan

Ph.D. Candidate, Iran University of Science & Technology, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology, I was interested in understanding more fully the linkages between the different aspects of sustainable architecture. I have a Master of Arts in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Science and Technology. The decision to read for a PhD is based on the well-established need for effective communication and participation in understanding ill-defined situations within the context of sustainable development. Sustainable development is an ambiguous goal rather than a measurable target. However, if current knowledge and the real concerns of the stakeholders involved/affected are not incorporated into the appraisal process, then just the experts’ views on what the future directions are or should be are unlikely to produce sustainable outcomes.

Dr Hojjatollah Abdi Ardekani

Ph.D candidate in architecture, School of Architecture and Urban Study, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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