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Conference: Urban Planning and Civic Design in Modern Iran

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Urban Planning and Civic Design in Modern Iran

Organised by: Iran Heritage Foundation and Dr Dariush Borbor
Programme: Conference programme and further details now available online
Date: Saturday 18th November, 09.15-18.00
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7L


The main purpose and focus of the conference will be on the evolution of urban planning and civic design in Iran from traditional to modern, with discussions and critical evaluations of the shortcomings, failures and successes of the process. Two major civic design projects of the period will also be presented and discussed: the 'Shahestān Pahlavi', and 'Urban Renewal of Mashhad City Centre'.

Background: Iran has a long and impressive history of urban planning and civic design. The first urban centres in Iran, dating from the 4th-3rd millennia BC, already show evidence of sophisticated town planning in the form of regular streets, side alleys, pavements, water wells, irrigation drains, sewer systems and even cesspools. Achaemenid examples include Persepolis and Pasargadae. This illustrious tradition continues into the Islamic period evidenced at the famous cities of Nishapur, Qazvīn and Isfahan.

Modern Urban Planning: Urban development is closely related to demography and Iran has seen a huge population increase in the last 120 years or so, from around 8 million in the 1880s to 80 million in 2017. Around 75% of the total population now live in urban areas.

At the start of the 20th century, after a long period of neglect, there appeared rudimentary urban planning laws and design concepts which were limited to the creation of urban arteries, squares and roundabouts. However, modern urban planning in Iran only started in 1966 with the formation of the High Council of Urban Planning (Sura-ye ali-e sahrsazi) in order to formulate planning regulations and policies, provide master plans for major cities, and approve and implement urban planning projects. In spite of good intentions, these master plans were not practical, due to the absence of the necessary infrastructure.

This conference is a sequel to the very successful IHF conference on 'Iranian Architects and Architecture: Transition from Traditional to Postmodern' that was held at Asia House on 12th November 2016.

Tickets & Info
Tickets: £20 book now
Friends of IHF discount available

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'IHF' and send this along with your contact details to:
IHF, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 7651 2121


The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world. The objectives of the Foundation are achieved by organising and supporting activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include sponsoring teaching posts and fellowships at universities and museums, giving grants for academic research and cultural activities, and organising regular events and conferences, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

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