Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 9(6), pp. 1970 - 1984
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090626
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Challenges of Maintaining Housing Structures in the Old City of Hebron

Wisam Shaded *
Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine


This paper discusses the importance of preserving traditional dwellings, especially those located within the boundaries of cities and old towns. It addresses the most important problems and obstacles that prevent the preservation of these buildings, as well as highlights cultural heritage and its importance in preservation process. This is done using a descriptive analytical approach; including documentation and questionnaires as its main tools. The study raises questions about maintaining building structure and its components of cultural significance without compromising its material and cultural essence. The study is focused on the Old City of Hebron and presents the difficulties that affect the livelihood and living conditions of people living within its boundaries. The study finds that there are necessary changes that are required to facilitate living in the Old City, including maintenance and re-fating, changing tiles and restructuring of plumping and sanitation facilities. These changes however, need to take preservation of the structural elements, and cultural heritage into account. The study concludes that there is a need for more studies to examine the structure and the identity of dwellings in the Old City which will help in future efforts to preserve the cultural essence of these dwellings and protecting them from structural changes, while making them inhabitable for people.

Restoration Work, Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage, Analytic Descriptive Research, Hebron, Palestine

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[1] Wisam Shaded , "Challenges of Maintaining Housing Structures in the Old City of Hebron," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 1970 - 1984, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090626.

(b). APA Format:
Wisam Shaded (2021). Challenges of Maintaining Housing Structures in the Old City of Hebron. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 9(6), 1970 - 1984. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2021.090626.