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The Quest for Sustainable Social Patterns in Housing Environments: Northern Cyprus

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The changes that the world has undergone over the past two decades have created a dramatically altered global order which requires a new understanding of the role of traditional settlements in the reconstruction of history. This is a more critical issue in cities of traditional societies where transformations in the urban level are more visible. Since the vernacular examples embody a great deal of experience, wisdom, and cleverness, it is worth studying the layout and basic design of older settlements and buildings in some detail for valuable clues and ideas. Acknowledging these, this paper focuses on the local social patterns of settlements in Northern Cyprus, and highlights the key principles to promote sustainable community developments.

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