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.
EditorIal 5Helen Castle
About the Guest Editors 6Michael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi
Visual highlights of the issue
Iran: Past, Present and FutureMichael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi
Towards an Architectural History of Performance: Auxiliarity, Performance and Provision in Historical Persian Architectures 26Michael Hensel, Defne Sungurolu Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi and Salmaan Craig
Persian Gardens and Landscapes 38Nasrine Faghih and Amin Sadeghy
World of Similitude: The Metamorphosis of Iranian Architecture 52Farshad Farahi
Subterreanean Landscape: The Far–Reaching Influence of the Underground Qanat Network in Ancient and Present–Day Iran 62Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff
Contemporary Architecture of Iran 70Darab Diba
Assimilating the Authentic with the Contemporary: The Work of Hadi Mirmiran 1945 2006 80Saman Sayar
Practices @ Home: Assimilating the Past and the Present for a Visionary Architecture 88Mehran Gharleghi
Practices Abroad: Today s Diaspora Tomorrow s Architecture 104Michael Hensel
Latent Futures of Iranian Architecture 120Michael Hensel
Iran in the Regional ContextFarrokh Derakhshani
Michael Hensel is an architect, researcher and writer. He is Professor for ′Research by Design′ at AHO (the Oslo School of Architecture and Design), where he is currently developing an architecture research centre. He co–developed the curriculum of the Emergent Technologies and Design Program and co–directed it from 2001 to 2009. Hensel has taught, lectured and held visiting professorships and fellowships in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. He is the author and editor of numerous publications.
Mehran Gharleghi received his Master of Architecture from the Emergent Technologies and Design Master Programme at the Architectural Association. He is an architect and researcher. He has been collaborating with prominent architects in Iran since 2004 and is the co–founder of Studio Integrate in London with Amin Sadeghy.