Erbil City Built Heritage and Wellbeing: An Assessment of Local Perceptions Using the Semantic Differential Scale

Hawar Sektani (Corresponding author), Mahmood Khayat, Masi Mohammadi, Ana Pereira Roders

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Abstract

Community perceptions and experiences of built heritage are essential in understanding the built heritage and effect in individual and community wellbeing. Subsequently, local perceptions of built heritage directly influence the conservation and heritage-led interventions. This study investigated local perceptions of built heritage in Erbil by assessing responses of 414 participants using a questionnaire survey aiming to identify how built heritage is perceived by the various group samples, exploring local perceptions’ (in)consistencies. Significant differences were found between architects’ and non-architects’ perceptions and related wellbeing. As the groups attribute different values, the results suggest that heritage buildings do not contribute to the wellbeing of non-architects as much as to architects. A contradicting result was found between modern and heritage buildings. This study contributes to the notion of human-centrality of the built environment by assessing local perceptions of built heritage, that, when implemented in urban planning and heritage management, can contribute to the city’s socio-cultural sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3763
Number of pages19
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Buffer-zone
  • Built heritage
  • Erbil city
  • Individual wellbeing
  • Local community
  • Perception assessment
  • Semantic differential scale

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