Promoting the Residents’ Sense of Belonging in Housing Design


  • Zohreh Yousefi
  • Seyed-Bagher Hosseini
  • Seyed-Abbas Yazdanfar
  • Saeid Norouzian-Maleki



Today, poor performance in old residential contexts in terms of memorable visual elements reduce the residents’ sense of belonging. The study used a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. To meet the needs of residents, a questionnaire was distributed among twenty-five experts. Data analysis was performed using fuzzy logic to calculate the weight of each criterion of hierarchical fuzzy (FAHP). According to the findings, the largest weight belonged to social interaction (0.288), physical (0.205) and dependence (0.179). The results showed that social interaction is imperative in increasing the residents’ sense of belonging.

2398-4295 © 2017 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK.. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UniversitiTeknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Housing, Place, Sense of belonging, FAHP


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How to Cite

Yousefi, Z., Hosseini, S.-B., Yazdanfar, S.-A., & Norouzian-Maleki, S. (2017). Promoting the Residents’ Sense of Belonging in Housing Design. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 2(5), 33–43.