Role of the Architectural Application of Nature in Improving the Quality of Semantic Depth in Iranian Urban Housing




architectural application of nature, semantic depth, spatial hierarchy, qualitative aspects of nature, Iranian urban housing


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of the architectural application of nature’s (AAN) components in improving the quality of semantic depth in Iranian urban housing to determine the most effective architectural indicators in this context. This research uses a mixed methodology in terms of the data’s nature, and the research method is descriptive-analytical (causal and comparative). The components and indicators related to the AAN have been collected through the study of theoretical foundations and literature review. To determine the relationship between these components and the semantic depth variable in housing design, the method of logical reasoning has been employed. Data were collected through a questionnaire with the participation of 96 occupants of Phase 1 of Ekbatan residential town, to determine the perceived quality of research variables. The results of regression analysis on quantitative data confirm the research hypothesis regarding the key role of maintaining the principle of spatial hierarchy in increasing the possibility of understanding the semantic layers in housing that most of them exist due to the presence of various manifestations of nature.

Author Biographies

Mohammadhossein Azizibabani, Tarbiat Modares University

Ph.D. Student in Architecture, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

Mohammadreza Bemanian, Tarbiat Modares University

Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.