The Applicability of Knowledge-Based Urban Development in Urban Development Processes in Nablus City: An-Najah National University and their Neighbourhoods as a Case Study

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An-Najah National University
Over the past several years there have been several discussions about the approach of knowledge-based urban development (KBUD) in urban planning and development processes, which is mainly based on developing the city and spatial environments to meet creative, productive, smart, and knowledge worker’s needs. Moreover, KBUD concentrates on how to provide a better life quality for residents, workers, students, and visitors of a city. Space here is a force of production, especially universities, knowledge and education institutions, cultural centers, interaction places, and recreational centers which play a prominent role in creating environments that generate and attract employments from around the world to live and work within the city. Therefore this study is focusing on how the An-Najah National University campuses (ANNUC) in Nablus city are integrated together and with the urban fabric to create a knowledge precincts spine between the two campuses made up of educational and recreational centers to fulfill the student’s, worker’s, and resident’s needs. In addition to examine the applicability of KBUD approach in the city. The identified need for this research is to examine which spatial and environmental considerations must be taken into account at ANNUC’s neighborhoods in the urban development processes to achieve KBUD in Nablus, which are assumed to be different from conventional universities claims.