Developing a Framework for the Regeneration of Historic Districts with an Emphasis on Tourist Attraction: A Case Study of Mashhad Noghan Neighborhood

Document Type : Original Article


1 Master of Urban Planning from Khavaran Institute

2 Assistant Professor, urban planning and design department, Mashhad branch, Islamic Azad university, Mashhad, Iran.


The historical district with its hidden physical and cultural values has a high urban identity and has the potential of tourism due to its unique historical elements. Despite their potentials and strengths, these districts have undergone many changes over time and have gradually been disrupted. Urban redevelopment, however, is a comprehensive process in terms of social, economic, functional, and physical dimensions which enhances the quality of life in the targeted areas and neighborhoods in relation to the whole city, which can be a good tactic to address the challenges of historical districts. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to achieve an urban regeneration framework for Noghan neighborhood of Mashhad in order to attract maximum tourists. In this regard, the research method used in this study is practical in terms of purpose and in terms of research method; it is a descriptive-analytical method and data gathering method was based on library-documentary studies and content analysis as well as field survey methods such as observation and questionnaires. Prioritization of criteria was done in the data analysis section using ANP method. Thus, in order to reach Noghan historical district, the semantic component has the highest coefficient and it has the first priority over other components. The results of this study indicate that there are potentials for tourist attraction in this neighborhood, which have been neglected due to lack of attention to the identity-creating elements as well as the indiscriminate construction, resulting in the loss of the identity of this neighborhood.