Future Design Of Kaba

No 7.  sheikh lotfallah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Photo by Hesam

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Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan.

Located about 340 km south of Tehran (The capital), Esfahan or Isfahan is the capital of Esfahan Province and Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad.

Esfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory.

Esfahan is a multi-ethnical city and muslims, jews and christians live peacefully together. It is also famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast: “Esfahan is half of the world”.


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Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate warms up and the ocean level increases. According to the principle of Archimedes and contrary to preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. It deals with the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other hand. Another reason of the ocean rising, that does not have anything to do with the ice melting is the water dilatation under the effect of the temperature.

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مسجد پنزبرگ

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By: Kamran Afshar-Naderi, 2003


Nader Shah Mausoleum, Mashhad, Iran 1958

Modern architecture was      introduced in Iran 60 years ago and we are now witnessing the fourth generation of Iranian architects. With architecture how a productive activity, we should admit that considerable progress has been made in this period. Today, most buildings, at least from a bureaucratic perspective, are "engineer-built" and the number of graduates and students of architecture has increased. The Construction Engineering Association has many members and large construction engineering consulting firms have been established. However from an artistic perspective, and specially if we expect our building activity to signify as well a cultural advance, we cannot cite a particular work as a brilliant example from recent decades. In architecture, cultural progress is not synonymous with the number of buildings constructed or the changes in tastes and trends that are always manifest among the younger generation of architects. To examine positive achievements in the fields of arts and culture, one should study the structural changes in the architectural profession and in its design methodology.

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Lecture by architect Bahram Shirdel

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    Italian Embassy in Teheran, designed by Bahram Shirdel

aaUAE hosts architect Bahram Shirdel as the first speaker for the 2008 Lecture Series at The Third Line.

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    Portrait of the architect

He writes, "Architecture has been dealing with rationalization of space exclusively. Smooth space is qualitatively different from gridded space; "air against earth". Modern (rational) space is gridded: movement in it is confined by x, y, z axes forming the Cartesian grid. Smooth space is open ended; it enables us to move freely, it is architecture as space of inclusion." Mr Shirdel will present a body of work from 1986-2007 that illustrates the topic of his lecture. Bahram Shirdel is among the architect- theoreticians who accept topology as a cultural & scientific resource. Accordingly these new architectures are understood and practiced as being the result of processes of continuous nonlinear transformation. Thus Architecture becomes the capacity to give to an inter- connected series of factors (form, technology, program, cultural context, purchases, market and utilization) in the way of a global architectural practice resulting in a new practice of urbanism. This architecture with its strategies is capable of complex deformation and has the capacity for change in response to heterogeneous and differentiated context. In other words this practice is a search for an alternative way of responding to the complexity of a contemporaneous world. Shirdel & Partners architects established office in Tehran in 1997, after practicing in London as Shirdel & Kipnis Architects and practicing as Aks-Runo in Los Angeles. During these years this practice designed projects in the U.S., Canada, Japan, China, and Brazil and worldwide; where the firm applied its research and theory to the spatial organization of large scale and complex projects.

Professor Bahram Shirdel has been the director of Graduate Design program at the Architectural Association School of architecture, London, and has taught design and theory at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard university, university of Houston, Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology, university Chicago, university of Miami, Ohio state university and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Bahram Shirdel was a recipient of Christopher Wren Medal from Canada and CGA Gold Medal city planning from China. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide; Venice Biennale for architecture 1984 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1992.


تاريخ و محل تولد: 1318/ اردبيل
. فوق ليسانس معماري از دانشكده معماري و شهرسازي دانشگاه شهيد بهشتي1351 ، مديرعامل شركت مهندسين مشاور جودت و همكاران
. عضوهيئت علمي دانشكده معماري و شهرسازي دانشگاه شهيد بهشتي 1351
. صاحب امتياز و مدير مسئول فصلنامه ي "معماري ايران" ، از سال 1378، انتشار نخستين شماره: مردادماه 1379
. سردبير مجله "معماري و شهرسازي"  از 1374 تا شهريور ماه 137۹

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Jean Nouvel of France
Becomes the 2008
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Media Kit with full details
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سایت اختصاصی سید هادی میرمیران

  • معمار برگزیده سال ۱۳۷۹ در اولین دوره اعطای نشان معماری ایران (استاد پیرنیا)
  • دریافت لوح تقدیر جامعه مهندسان مشاور ایران برای شناسایی و معرفی معماری ایران در سال ۱۳۸۵
  • برنده جایزه بزرگ معمار - سال ۱۳۸۰
  • کسب جایزه مهراز - سال ۱۳۸۱
  • انتخاب شده به عنوان پیشکسوت معماری توسط سازمان نظام مهندسی ساختمان کشور - سال ۱۳۸۱
  • دریافت لقب شهروند افتخاری اصفهان - سال ۱۳۸۳
  • دریافت لوح تقدیر و تندیس از جامعه مهندسان مشاور ایران - سال ۱۳۸۳
  • دریافت نشان دولتی درجه یک فرهنگ و هنر - سال ۱۳۸۳

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The appropriation of western models and the desire to mix its elements with local forms and values generated a curious blend that is still evolving, shaping and transforming itself though various images and configurations. Time will give us the key, the questions being how far are we going and when will, at last, the appropriate equilibrium appear, a balance between worldwide notions and a relevant local cultural context.
The end of the story of today’s architecture lies in tomorrow’s answers.

دکتر اکبر حاجي ابراهيم زرگر استاد پايه 29 رشته معماري از دانشگاه شهيد بهشتي، دکتر محمود گلابچي استاد پايه 27 رشته راه و ساختمان از دانشگاه تهران، دکتر فرهاد ناظر زاده کرماني استاد پايه 25 رشته هنرهاي تجسمي از دانشگاه تهران



1 newsletter january 2008 

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Jorn Utzon

او در سال ۱۹۱۸ در کپنهاگ بدنیا آمد. در نوجوانی او نیز علاقمند به حرفه ی خانوادگیش که ساخت کشتی بود داشت و طرحهایی از آن می کشید. بعدها با چند هنرمند آشنا شد که دید او را نسبت به هنر بازتر کردند. یکی از آنان پسر عمو پدرش بود که یک مجسمه ساز و استاد هنرهای زیبای رویال آکادمی بود که علاقه او را نسبت به مجسمه سازی دریافت. او در مجسمه سازی و سپس در نقاشی و در نهایت در معماری راهش را پیدا کرد.وقتی در سال ۱۹۴۲ از آکادمی رویال فارغ التحصیل شد ، جنگ دوم جهانی شروع شده بود و او مانند خیلی از معماران به کشور سوئد که بیطرف بود رفت. ابتدا تا پایان جنگ در دفتر هاکن آلبرگ در استکهلم مشغول کار شد ، سپس به فنلاند رفت و با آلوار آلتو  وبعد از آن گونر آسپلوند همکاری کرد.وی علاقمند به مطالعه معماری اسکاندیناوی و معماری کشورهای مختلف از نزدیک بود و بهمین دلیل به کشورهای زیادی ازجمله مکزیک ،مراکش ،چین ،ژاپن ،هند و ... سفر کرد و مطالعاتی نیز درباره حیاط مرکزی داشته و کارهایی نیز در ایران و کویت دارد.

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