Archinect - News 2017-08-21T04:47:25-04:00 Hossein Amanat, the architect of Tehran's iconic Azadi Tower, reflects on religion and architecture in Iran Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T15:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1966, a 24-year-old architect who had just graduated from Tehran University hesitantly entered a competition to design a monument to mark the 2,500-year celebration of the founding of the Persian empire. [...] The architect, Hossein Amanat, had no idea that his hastily prepared design, which went on to win the competition, would one day become a focal point of the Iranian capital&rsquo;s skyline, serving as a backdrop to some of the country&rsquo;s most turbulent political events.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Azadi tower, he said, was an opportunity to &ldquo;design modern architecture using old language, to preserve the good things about a culture, leave aside the meaningless parts and create something new and meaningful&rdquo;.</em></p> The landmark Plasco Building in Tehran burns to the ground, claiming the lives of at least 20 Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:56:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:58:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Plasco Building, a landmark structure in Tehran, burned to the ground yesterday, claiming the lives of at least 20 firefighters. An additional 70 people were injured, 23 of them seriously, according to a report by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC</a>. The fire began on the ninth floor and, by the time many firefighters had entered the building, caused the north wall to collapse, which quickly brought down the rest of the building. While the exact cause of the blaze is still unknown, apparently managers had expressed worries about safety issues in the past.</p><p>The Plasco Building was once the tallest in the city and contained a shopping center and clothing workshops. It was built by the Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian who was executed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution after being accused and convicted of spying for Israel.</p> Iran purposefully building "sexy" structures to attract media attention Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:55:00-05:00 >2017-01-01T16:41:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this eye-candy survey of Iran's newest architectural projects and prevailing trends,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Digest</a> takes a closer look at how the country's architects and architecture is shifting to not only attract more media attention, but to create a new visual identity:</p><p><em>"Right now, the massive trend in Iran is to design and build structures with the goal of being recognized by the media,&rdquo; says Hooman Koliji, associate professor of architecture, planning, and preservation at the University of Maryland. &ldquo;Therefore, there is an implicit effort and competition to create forms that look different and, dare I say, sexy.&rdquo; This approach to modern architecture has garnered great results for Iranian talents such as Leila Araghian, whose design of Tehran&rsquo;s Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge took home the prestigious 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture,&nbsp;bestowed every three years. Certain elements of Araghian&rsquo;s bold, modern design incorporate motifs of Iranian architecture dating back centuries. With its c...</em></p> Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument Justine Testado 2016-01-14T15:31:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:50:16-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 45 years, Iran's most famous modern monument, the Azadi (Freedom) Tower in Tehran, has been the backdrop to every major news story coming out of the country...Hossein Amanat was a rising star in Iran's architectural scene when, in 1966, he won a national competition to design the monument...Its historical pull, he believes, lies in the tower's evolution as a 'symbol of Iran'...that is both intensely Iranian and Islamic at the same time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p> Amid historic nuclear negotiations, Tehran's urbanism is shifting Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-11T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:30:57-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If ongoing discussions with the United States and others prove successful, sanctions affecting the Iranian economy will likely be lifted, exposing the country to a forceful wave of globalization. But the shift from isolation to inclusion has already begun to transform Tehran. [...] It&rsquo;s a city that, at this moment, is intensely influenced by international relations, shaping itself into a burgeoning urban hub.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #413 Nam Henderson 2015-04-29T00:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T12:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Senior editor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;published the first in a series of mini-interviews for a new feature <strong>Touching Base</strong>: In which he profiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, founding principal of </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC</a>. It was a reminder for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;how small the world is, as her "<em>husband's company</em><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Indianapolis Fabrications </a>made and installed Volkan's piece <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Memorial</a></em><em>&rdquo;. Plus, she did some &ldquo;shop drawing work on it!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two new books claim</a> Le Corbusier was a 'militant fascist'.&nbsp;<strong>Lightperson</strong> thought it was "<em>a leap to say he was a nazi because of a sort of anti-Semitic note to mom</em>". Yet, <strong>Jayness</strong> wanted to stand against false idols who aligned themself "<em>with those in power (Vichy, France), and which by default is the act of a coward. No amount of design or expressive talent can overcome this shortcoming</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over at The Los Angeles Review of Books, Joseph Giovannini <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">examined</a> plans for the new Peter Zumthor at LACMA.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;only wished "<em>Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of truste...</em></p> The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-01-15T18:33:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leila Araghian was 26 when she came up with Tabiat bridge. Five years on, the 270-metre structure is a reality, despite sanctions, garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers [...] Tabiat (&ldquo;nature&rdquo;) bridge, the largest of its kind in Iran, was architect Leila Araghian&rsquo;s first project. She designed it five years ago while a student, winning a local competition for a plan to connect two parks separated by a highway in north Tehran.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran Archinect 2014-12-11T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:17:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For centuries, the spatial layout of house design in Iran reflected the patriarchal structure of the society through the rigid segregation between the andaruni and biruni, private and public space. [...] Modern architecture is also considered erotic because, unlike the spatially introverted pre-modern architecture of Iran, it faces outward with windows that shamelessly offer strangers a peek at the buildings&rsquo; private parts.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beauty and Symmetry Collide in Stunning Photographs of Mosque Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:35:12-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji [...] is capturing truly stunning photographs of the colorful, architecturally gorgeous interiors of historical Mosques throughout the Middle East. [...] Using wide angle lenses, fisheye lenses and panoramic photography techniques he has traveled to some of the most historically significant mosques in and around his home country of Iran to capture the kaleidoscope-like architecture inside.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ganji's work gives some faith back in the beauty of our profession.</p> Pioneers of modern architecture in Iran Orhan Ayyüce 2013-12-02T11:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T17:38:55-05:00 <img src="" width="614" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "Born in 1907, as the son of the famous political man, statesman and man of letters Mo&#7717;ammad Ali Foroughi, Mohsen Foroughi is one of the pioneer of modern architecture in Iran. an influential professor of architecture at the University of Tehran, and a noted collector of Persian art. He was imprisoned in 1979 after the revolution."</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mahdi Shadkar</a></p> Court OKs Forfeiture Of New York Building With Ties To Iran Archinect 2013-09-17T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:41:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="687" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A decision by a federal judge paves the way for the forfeiture of a 36-story Manhattan building that the U.S. alleges is secretly owned and controlled by the government of Iran. The court agreed with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York that the owners are a front for the Iranian government and therefore in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which restricts commerce with Iran.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Territory Jam: Tehran Places Journal 2012-07-09T15:51:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T12:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Revolutionary guards who are denied entry to an apartment have been known to scale a building&rsquo;s walls with grappling hooks to dismantle receivers. It may seem like something out of a spy novel, but this cat-and-mouse game tells the deeper story of a complex exchange between the Islamic Republic and citizens of Tehran. In the absence of legitimate public space for discourse or demonstration, the satellite receiver opens a space for political dissent and cultural protest.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In contemporary Tehran, where the city's parks and plazas have been delegitimized by censorship and surveillance, the true public realm is inside the home. On Places, architect Rudabeh Pakravan examines the spatial politics of satellite television in Iran, with a close look at "the satellite man" as an agent of change.</p> Iran ‘smart concrete’ to protect N-sites from US bunker busters Archinect 2012-03-20T12:23:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T18:24:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unlike conventional concrete, Iranian concrete is mixed with quartz powder and special fibers - transforming it into high performance concrete that can withstand higher pressure with increased rigidity. Due to its combination, the new Iranian-made concrete is an excellent building material with peaceful applications like the construction of safer bridges, dams, tunnels, increasing the strength of sewage pipes, and even absorbing pollution.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>