Al-Maimani, Ahood, Ashraf M. Salama, and Fodil Fadli. "Exploring Socio-Spatial Aspects of Traditional Souqs: The Case of Souq Mutrah, Oman." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 8, issue 1 (2014): 50-65.
souqs in the Arabian Peninsula continue to be major focal points of trade,
commerce, exchange, entertainment and social interaction. Souq Mutrah, in
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman is one of these important regional souqs. This paper
develops an experiential walkthrough assessment of three selected urban spaces
- market places within Souq Mutrah by examining their spatial and
socio-cultural aspects while implementing direct systematic observation and
behavioral mapping procedure. The findings contribute to an in-depth
understanding of the qualities of the three spaces and the resulting use,
activities, and behavior representative of the inhabitants' spatial experience
in those spaces. Assessment results reveal important outcomes that include that
safety and security is the significant missing factor in Souq Mutrah spaces,
which if provided, can attract more users while supporting their needs.
Key words: traditional
souqs; Souq Mutrah; walkthrough assessment; behavioral mapping