Haider started his PhD with UDSU in October of 2014. This PhD research forms part of a longer progression in architectural study that started with my B.Sc. and then moved to the M.Sc. at the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Technology, Baghdad – Iraq. The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) that awarded him a full PhD scholarship in order to study at the University of Strathclyde. The PhD research explores how the form of historical cities and their enduring social and economic success are linked at the scale where urban life occurs, namely that of the street and the neighbourhood. This thesis observes the relationship between urban form and urban life in the city of Baghdad, Iraq, by investigating four central neighbourhoods, which represent different historical periods in the development of the city.