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Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development in Vernacular Settlements: The Case of Dana Village in Jordan

Allouzi, Rawan (2023) Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development in Vernacular Settlements: The Case of Dana Village in Jordan. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100273) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:100273)

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The recent development of tourism in Jordan is considered a catalyst for the regeneration of the country’s vernacular settlements. Long abandoned, many of these settlements are in poor condition, and their reinvention as tourist venues has recently been considered a way of saving their architectural heritage (Haddad and Fakhoury, 2016). One of the best examples of this phenomenon is Dana village, undergoing dramatic and rapid changes. The

rehabilitation project launched by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) provided new tourist accommodations within the settlement. The existing dwellings were repaired and transformed while the demolished buildings were rebuilt. The impact of this transformation on the settlement’s heritage has not yet been assessed. This lack of information is not only typical of Dana. There is a general lack of information about assessing the

transformation of vernacular settlements into tourist accommodation. This thesis aims to fill this lacuna. Investigating Dana’s transformation, the thesis aims to develop a methodology for assessing the regeneration of abandoned vernacular settlements. This methodology uses Dana as a case study, and starts from a comparative investigation of the original and rebuilt dwellings to understand the architectural, urban, and thermal impact of the adopted restoration approaches. Currently, the original and rebuilt buildings stand side by side, offering a unique opportunity to compare their physical conditions and thermal performance. Combining architectural and urban assessment with thermal assessment is not common in the bibliography, but it is deemed essential to provide an integrated framework for assessing development projects in vernacular settlements, especially in the era of climate change.

Field surveys, thermal monitoring, and post occupancy evaluation (POE) interviews were used to collect data, and this is the first attempt to combine these methods in the field of heritage conservation, offering an interdisciplinary study. The study has demonstrated an integrated assessment framework for assessing the transformation of vernacular settlements into tourist accommodations, including the architectural, urban, and thermal aspects. The framework will help local authorities and stakeholders assess the impacts of different transformations, identify challenges, and establish recommendations for professionals in the field of construction who are considering tourism development as a solution for regenerating abandoned villages.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100273
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
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Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2023 07:50 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 09:09 UTC
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Allouzi, Rawan.

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