The objective of the project is to study the qualities of urban space in modern city by choosing two deferent urban space types, and compares them qualitatively to each other, and try to identify differences and similarities in term of people behavior, experience, and integration to the city.
The mall has a negative physical impact on the city, through creating an activity area opened inward, and at the same time it’s segregated from the city through ugly, blank, and high walls on it’s outside.
It has a positive impact on the city, since it has a unique architectural characteristics , with many accesses points physically and visually from different directions.
The behavior of the users is the result of the mall’s physical design, creating an internal environment that is ideal and close to perfection. The mall is encouraging the users to walk through it, to enter the shops, and to buy. And this is the idea of the theme park, which tries to transform the urban space from being an organic part of the city, into totally separated and independent entity.
The tourist’s behavior in Al Bastakiya is based on the need to discover the mystery of the area, provided through narrow and surprising alleyways. And it’s not the result of clear destination or pre-controlled direction.