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
City with 1500 Years of History""Reengineering of Historical Monuments to be Performed in
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