Impact of Family Livelihood on the Spatial Organisation of Indigenous Housing in Boshrouye, Iran


  • Yasaman Hashemi Ghochani Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad
  • Akram Hosseini Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad



Indigenous Housing, Livelihood, Spatial Configuration, Space Syntax, Boshrouye, Iran.


Indigenous housing has been created to cater to the cultural, social, and economic needs of society as well as its family livelihood. Boshrouye City, located in South Khorasan Province, Iran, has a special livelihood system with valuable examples of indigenous housing. The present study aims to investigate the effects of the family livelihood and its associated activities on the spatial organisation of housing. For this purpose, 20 samples of indigenous houses were selected non-randomly and investigated based on the space syntax theory. Plans of houses were analysed using UCL Depthmap software and then evaluated through Convex and Isovist map analyses. The research method employed was the interpretive method. The results of the study indicate that the model of family livelihood has a significant impact on the spatial organisation of housing in Boshrouye City. This model has employed physical means, including the creation of new spaces and changing the role and configuration of spaces to protect the privacy of occupants. This privacy is one of the cultural requirements of this region.


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Ghochani, Y. H., & Hosseini, A. (2024). Impact of Family Livelihood on the Spatial Organisation of Indigenous Housing in Boshrouye, Iran. Journal of Rural Development, 42(4), 314–333.



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