Continuity and Change in the Home Environment: Development by Mashary A. Al-Naim

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First, there is a conscious search for identity, by which decision makers, designers, and people (through the designing of their houses and/or their alteration and modification later on) impose certain forms and spatial relationships to reinforce and/or reformat the house image. Second, there is an unconscious search for identity. This is manifested by the meanings that people embody in the spaces and things around them (how people continue to maintain these meanings and how they create new meanings over time).

15-20. 11-3). 11 Chapter I 'mobile pluralism' which is 'great movement of persons from one status, subculture, class, community ... This means pressure to adjust one's identity with situations, rather than holding fast to one image'. From the previous discussion, two main questions arise. Has the need for identity in Saudi Arabia emerged to say, 'Here we are, despite the drastic changes and foreign influences; this is our identity'? Or has it emerged as a kind of vestige from the superior western culture that directly influenced the social and physical orders in Saudi Arabia?

16 (Arabic). Rapoport, A. (1977) Human As pects of Urban Form, Oxford, Pergamon Press, p. 24 15 Chapter 1 traditional one. 66 Bahammam also studies the social reasons behind the alterations that people made in their houses in Riyadh. 68 This kind of study provides us with some general understanding about the vital role of socio-cultural values in the formation of the contemporary Saudi home environment. However, these studies are still far from the exploration of how people express themselves in their home environment.

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