Urban spaces act as systems and providing they have appropriate functions, they
can develop and evolve public domains in a way to generate, revive and act in
accordance with the continuity of civic life. Any intervention inside a city and any
projects undertaken generate new spaces, elements and facilities in order to fulfil the
ever -changing expectations of the citizens and to satisfy their various anticipations of
civic life. These new spaces and realms necessarily ought to be in line with (covert or
overt) active urban patterns.
This study and research is based on the hypothesis that a systemic method and
approach can be employed to do deal with and engage in interactions with city
spaces and urban problems.
In this regard there is a review of the systemic approach and the way this
approach helps explain and explore urban issues. Subsequently, a fresh theoretical
framework is devised. Also in the first section the appropriate research methods for
this study are explained.
The Navvab Project is a new urban project that has had a broad intervention in
the urban context of Tehran. This study deals with this project as a model for
assessing effective systemic functions in an urban system.
Tehran as a complex and multifaceted in the contemporary world was chosen as
the field of study, within which the Navvab Project (comprising of several
projects) was taken as the case study. In the second section the field and the case
study are explained in detail.
Various research methods, including survey, documentary analysis and
participation observation, were used in this study to provide a better understanding of
these elements. After inquiring into the methodological approach of this project, its
strong and weak points are highlighted, and finally, a model is presented for engaging
with a city and its related issues.
The aforementioned research method, a combination of questionnaire,
participatory observation, documentary and library methods, was employed to
analyze the data obtained from the case study (section three) paving the way for
further discussion and conclusion.
In the final section a conclusion is drawn based on the field work and case
study; showing that a systemic approach provides a framework for understanding
complex urban problems and formulating solutions but the resulting model is also
convenient and practical, and provides a better vehicle for people -led urban
planning than orthodox methods.
Through a systemic approach, in which the public domain and public space are
considered as the bedrock of civic and urban life, a model is presented. This model
attempts to introduce a system of producing and reproducing public spaces inside a
Together with the model, examples of its applications in solving the problems
of the case study is assessed, indicating that the remaining opportunities, the unused
and accessible locations in the Navvab Project can be used as a catalyst for
producing new spaces and restructuring existing ones.