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Porous Gaps Activating the Urban Space

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Many urban parts in the city center of Baghdad suffer from urban decay resulting from the porous gaps generated by the urban forces affecting the fabric in different stages of growth as well as recession and unsuitable urban development processes. Gaps have arisen in contemporary trends in urban design as spatial and social separation, leading to the disintegration and the rupture of the fabric, followed by social and spatial disruption that negatively affects economic development in the place and limits the opportunities for upgrading and investment. While other studies have investigated gaps to relink and activate the place, this research defines a theoretical framework that explains the mechanisms of investing in porosity to address urban gaps and activate the urban space. Investment in these indicators can activate a part of the vital urban fabric in Baghdad negatively impacted by gaps in order to achieve economic development and create opportunities for local investment in the fabric. This research has found out the gaps in the proposed study area as well as the reasons for their emergence and has clarified the indicators that should be improved to activate the porosity in order to achieve spatial connectivity that enhances social connectivity.
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Gaps; Porosity; Urban Separation; Spatial Connectivity; Social Bonding; Baghdad

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