Architectural Dynamics in Pre-Revolutionary Iran (Book)

Dialogic Encounter between Tradition and Modernity

This volume considers the major trends and developments in Iranian architecture during the 1960s and ‘70s in order to further our understanding of the underpinnings and intentions of Persian architecture during this period.

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This volume considers the major trends and developments in Iranian architecture during the 1960s and ‘70s in order to further our understanding of the underpinnings and intentions of Persian architecture during this period. While narrative explorations of modernism have relied heavily upon classifications based on Western experiences and influences, this book provides a more holistic view of the development of Persian architecture by studying both the internal and external forces that influenced it in the late twentieth century. The chapters compiled in Architectural Dynamics in Pre-Revolutionary Iran, accompanied by more than eighty images, shed light on the fascinating—and sometimes controversial—evolution of Iranian architecture and its constant quest for a new paradigm of cultural identity.

Mohammad Gharipour is professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, also published by Intellect.

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1: Vernacular Integrated with Modernism 

Chapter 1: A Personal Reflection: On the Traditional, the Modern and the Perennial in Iranian Architecture by Nader Ardalan

Chapter 2: Making Architecture Modern: A History of Globalization in Iran’s Architecture Profession by Shawhin Roudbari

Chapter 3: Passages and Malls in Translation: Class, Culture, and Design in the Commercial Architecture of Pahlavi Iran by Farshid Emami

Part 2: Modernism Imported, Vernacular Eclipsed 

Chapter 4: Building Cities for Tomorrow: The US Point Four Program and Discourse of Urban Planning in Iran by Sahar Hosseini

Chapter 5: The Israeli Plan for Rebuilding the Rural Region of Qazvin by Neta Feniger and Rachel Kallus

Chapter 6: Philip Johnson’s Design at Group Apartments in Isfahan: From a Dispute Between Tradition and Modernity to a Dialogue by Mehdi Azizkhani

Chapter 7: Paradise by Design: Pardisan Park in Tehran by Kathleen John-Alder

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