Over the last few decades, Iranian architects have made a significant contribution to architectural design. This has, however, remained largely unrecognised internationally. This publication highlights the future potential from an environmental design point of view of Iran's rich heritage of vernacular architecture. It provides contemporary analysis of thermodynamics, poche walls and multi-variant envelopes in significant historic buildings, such as the Khaju Bridge and Music Chamber Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan. Insights are provided into the postwar period in Iran with a retrospective of the work of Hadi Mirmiran.
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.
EditorIal 5 Helen Castle About the Guest Editors 6 Michael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi Spotlight 8 Visual highlights of the issue Introduction 16 Iran: Past, Present and Future Michael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi Towards an Architectural History of Performance: Auxiliarity, Performance and Provision in Historical Persian Architectures 26 Michael Hensel, Defne Sunguro lu Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi and Salmaan Craig Persian Gardens and Landscapes 38 Nasrine Faghih and Amin Sadeghy World of Similitude: The Metamorphosis of Iranian Architecture 52 Farshad Farahi Subterreanean Landscape: The Far-Reaching Influence of the Underground Qanat Network in Ancient and Present-Day Iran 62 Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff Contemporary Architecture of Iran 70 Darab Diba Assimilating the Authentic with the Contemporary: The Work of Hadi Mirmiran 1945 2006 80 Saman Sayar Practices @ Home: Assimilating the Past and the Present for a Visionary Architecture 88 Mehran Gharleghi Practices Abroad: Today s Diaspora Tomorrow s Architecture 104 Michael Hensel Latent Futures of Iranian Architecture 120 Michael Hensel Counterpoint 128 Iran in the Regional Context Farrokh Derakhshani Contributors 135