|M.Sc Student||Rami Qubti|
|Subject||Atlas of Nazareth's Private Green Spaces|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Assistant Professor Verbakel Els|
|Full Thesis text|
Green spaces in the contemporary city of Nazareth can be conceived as islands in a dense urban fabric. Since the city’s climatic conditions are semi-arid, green spaces could traditionally be found near water sources or as protected microclimate environments in the form of building courtyards, orchards with watering systems or similar green space typologies.
This research project categorizes the different typologies of green spaces and maps the private green spaces in Nazareth over different points in time, comparing the morphological changes of the urban fabric.
The project creates a research base for understanding different levels of accessibility of private green spaces in Nazareth.
The research consists of mapping and visualizing the current urban condition in Nazareth involving fieldwork, archival research, GIS mapping and the CAD drafting of layered maps. Combining this range of mapping techniques, the project documents quantitative and qualitative spatial changes over time through the analysis of aerial photographs and urban plans.
The primary sources of the research consist of an orthographic mapping of Nazareth under the British mandate from 1946 which documents the lands and lots specifying kind of trees plantations, water sources and built fabric. In addition the research compares high resolution aerial photographs of the city of Nazareth from 1960 and 2011 in order to track physical changes of private green spaces over time.