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Iran: Past, Present and Future Architectural Design

  • Author(s) : Michael Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi
  • ISBN: 9781119974505
  • 136 pages
  • May 2012
  • Price: US $40.00 Buy this issue

Iran: Past, Present & Future

Over the last few decades, Iranian architects have made a significant contribution to architectural design. This has, however, remained largely unrecognised internationally, as architects in Iran have had little exposure in publications abroad and the diaspora of well-known Iranian designers working in the West, such as Hariri & Hariri and Nader Tehrani of NADAAA, are not necessarily associated with their cultural background. Moreover Iran, or rather Persia, has one of the richest and longest architectural heritages, which has a great deal of untapped potential for contemporary design. The intention of this issue is both to introduce key works and key architects from a range of generations – at home and abroad – and to highlight the potential of historical structures for contemporary architecture.

  • Features Hariri & Hariri, Nader Tehrani of NADAAA, Farjadi Architects, and studio INTEGRATE
  • Places the spotlight on emerging practices in Iran: Arsh Design Studio, Fluid Motion Architects, Pouya Khazaeli Parsa and Kourosh Rafiey (Asar)
  • Contributors include: Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff, Farrokh Derakhshani, Darab Diba, Dr Nasrine Faghih and Amin Sadeghy, Farshad Farahi, Mehran Gharleghi and Michael Hensel
  • Looks at garden and landscape design as well as the urban fabric in Iran from a historical and contemporary context
  • Includes articles on the work of post-revolutionary architecture

The Argument

Farrokh Derrakhshami

Counterargument: Counter-argument by Farrokh Derakhshami

Should we really be talking about ‘Iranian architecture’ rather than ‘the architecture of Iran’? Historically, geographic boundaries, language, faith, race or ethnicity have not been the binding elements of what is considered Iranian or Persian; a culture that...

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Should we really be talking about ‘Iranian architecture’ rather than ‘the architecture of Iran’? Historically, geographic boundaries, language, faith, race or ethnicity have not been the binding elements of what is considered Iranian or Persian; a culture that has been created and shared by many people for thousands of years. For much of its history, Iran was part of an extensive empire with far-reaching trade and cultural networks. The current political situation, however, has often led to a misplaced patriotism that is inward looking and has emphasised the heritage of the nation state over its connections across the region. This could well put us in danger of appropriating a wider common heritage from a local rather than a global perspective, and isolating Iran from the context of its neighbours.

Mehran Gharleghi

Argument: Argument by Mehran Garleghi

Over the last few decades, architecture in Iran has witnessed a dramatic shift in its design contribution. Generative feedback between local context and worldwide developments has resulted in an architecture that...

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Over the last few decades, architecture in Iran has witnessed a dramatic shift in its design contribution. Generative feedback between local context and worldwide developments has resulted in an architecture that is not only globally informed but also conscious and proud of its local, regional and national identity. Moreover Iran has one of the richest and longest architectural heritages, which has a great deal of untapped potential for contemporary design. Iran: Past, Present and Future introduces key works and key architects at home and abroad to highlight the relationship and potential of Iran's history to contemporary architecture.

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In response to Farrokh, What do you think constitutes grassroots identity and what defines vernacular architecture in a culture that you deem without boundaries or specificity, please? Do you deem globalization as a homogenizing agent, if so do you deplore it or do you deem it a sign of progress? Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Truly yours, Anousheh

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Table of Contents

Imprint Page/Contents

Editorial

Helen Castle

About The Guest‐Editors

Michael Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi

Spotlight

Iran: Past, Present and Future

Michael Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi

Towards an Architectural History of Performance: Auxiliarity, Performance and Provision in Historical Persian Architectures

Michael Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi, Salmaan Craig

Persian Gardens and Landscapes

Nasrine Faghih, Amin Sadeghy

World of Similitude: The Metamorphosis of Iranian Architecture

Farshad Farahi

Subterranean Landscape: The Far‐Reaching Influence of the Underground Qanat Network in Ancient and Present‐Day Iran

Reza Daneshmir, Catherine Spiridonoff

Contemporary Architecture of Iran

Darab Diba

Assimilating the Authentic with the Contemporary: The Work of Hadi Mirmiran 1945–2006

Saman Sayar

Practices @ Home: Assimilating the Past and the Present for a Visionary Architecture

Mehran Gharleghi

Practices Abroad: Today's Diaspora, Tomorrow's Architecture

Michael Hensel

Latent Futures of Iranian Architecture

Michael Hensel

Iran in the Regional Context

Farrokh Derakhshani

Contributors

Salmaan Craig, Reza Daneshmir, Catherine Spiridinoff, Farrokh Derakhshani, Darab Diba, Nasrine Faghih, Farshad Farahi, Amin Sadeghy, Saman Sayar, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

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