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Learning to plan: Jeddah (1959-1987)


1996 1996

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This study attempts to explore the cultural as well as the technical processes by which city planners built their competence in Saudi Arabia. The study traces back the government efforts in establishing the first planning office in Jeddah (1959) until 1987, when the Mayor of Jeddah (appointed in 1972) left office. The process involve explorations in two dimensions the plans and the planners. The city of Jeddah is taken as a center stage to ground the investigations. Jeddah was a school for a number of Saudi as well as foreign planners, for many it was the first planning experience. The study deals with four master plans: (a) Dr. Makhlouf's 1962 Master Plan, (b) Willson Murrow's 1966 Comprehensive Study, (c) the Robert Matthew & Johnson Marshal's 1973 Master Plan, and (d) the Sert Jackson's 1980 Directive Plan. A multiple method of inquiry is used; interviewing planners and government's officials, investigating Jeddah municipal archives, city planning reports, official memorandums, and newspapers reports. The findings of the study indicates that the central government was instrumental in helping planners build their technical abilities, assume responsibilities, and practice more control on development. In addition, the study points out to a group contextual factors, might be peculiar to the Saudi context, which helped to make learning on the job possible.

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Subject
Urban planning;
Area planning & development;
Architecture;
Social structure;
Middle Eastern history;
Public administration
Classification
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
0729: Architecture
0700: Social structure
0333: Middle Eastern history
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Saudi Arabia; city planning
Title
Learning to plan: Jeddah (1959-1987)
Author
Abu-Sulaiman, Abdulaziz Mahdi Ahmed
Number of pages
188
Publication year
1996
Degree date
1996
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 57/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591204407, 0591204401
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9712880
ProQuest document ID
304301518
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304301518
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