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4/25/07

UNESCO to Cooperate in Preparing Tehran's Urban Landscape

By Soudabeh Sadigh
 
UNESCO, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Tehran’s architecture association, and Tehran’s municipality and city council will cooperate to prepare the map of Tehran’s urban landscape.
 


A view of ancient Tehran (photo by
Mahmoud Pakzad)

Tehran, 25 April 2007 (CHN) – In an attempt to reorganize and arrange the historical-cultural axis of Tehran in an order, the project for compiling the map of the urban landscape of Tehran will be undertaken by joint cooperation among UNESCO, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Tehran’s architecture association, and Tehran’s municipality and city council.
 
Announcing this news, Eskandar Mokhtari, director of department of Tehran’s cultural-historical axis told CHN: “During the recent years, the situation of historical texture of Tehran has been ignored and nothing has been done to organize it. That is why ICHTO has decided to prepare a map on urban landscape of Tehran with cooperation of UNESCO and other related organizations.”
 
He further explained that based on a comprehensive management program, all natural landscape, intangible heritage, historical texture, and traditional and historical-cultural aspects of Tehran will be revived in this project.
 
Regarding that most of Tehran’s civil projects have been mainly undertaken base on industrial development and without paying enough attention to quality development especially in field of cultural context, Mokhtari explained: “This issue brings into light the   lack of a comprehensive perspective on Tehran’s urban landscape. Therefore we are determined to adopt a cultural development approach in an effort to compile a complete program.”
 
According to Mokhtari, in a near future some sessions will be held with attendance of those organizations who will involve in this project including UNESCO, ICHTO, architecture association, Tehran’s city council and municipality to discuss the case and put the project into force. 
 

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