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Maybod, a World Research Center for Adobe Structures

Tehran, 3 January 2006 (CHN) -- Historical airport of Maybod in Yazd Province has been suggested by Maybod Research Center as the center for Adobe International Research Institute. Considering that Iran is an earthquake-prone country, establishing an international research institute for studying earthen structures would provide a proper basis for reengineering and strengthening of these structures.

"The 60-year-old clay airport of Maybod, which was used by the British army during World War II, has been suggested as the center for the Adobe International Research Institute to the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran. This airport which bears a traditional architectural style was built from adobe. It consists of 13 buildings; and it is going to be registered in the list of National Heritage of the country," said Eisa Esfanjari, manager of the Cultural Heritage Research Center of Maybod.

Two years ago and during the 9th international conference on preserving and restoring of adobe structures, which was held in Yazd city, the proposal of establishing an international research center in Iran was welcomed by Stanley Price, director general of International Organization for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM) and Michael Petzel, director general of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Yazd city, with its enormous earthen structures and traditional architectural style, was chosen as the place for establishing such a research center.

"Taking into account that Iran has the highest number of earthen constructions in the world, this decision would provide international facilities for preserving these monuments. Earthen constructions are parts of Iranian traditional architectural style which has a history of over 8000 years. Establishing an international center in Iran would promote Iran's technical abilities in regards to earthen structures. Keeping in mind that Iran is an earthquake-prone country, the establishment of this center would also provide an opportunity to reengineer and strengthen our clay structures according to the international standards," said Mohammad Hassan Khademzadeh, head of Mega Projects.

Maybod city enjoys a valuable historical context which has in most parts maintained its traditional structure. This historical city was registered in the list of National Heritages of Iran in 2000; and Iran is planning to inscribe it in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

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