Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, 24th ISUF 2017 - City and Territory in the Globalization Age

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Typo-morphology of Transformation: Reading typo-morphological changes in Tehran during ‘Modern’ and contemporary era for further prescriptions
Mazyar Abaee

Last modified: 14-05-2018


Effects of modern thoughts during past century have changed the fabric of most of the cities all over the world. The globalization process is another round which imposes many changes in cities.  In this paper the history of formal changes of Tehran will be read hermeneutically according to this double round. The city of Tehran, like all others, faced many changes which transformed the urban fabric and this process will continue through the condition of globalization (like other cities worldwide). This paper gives a temporal cross section of changing typo-morphology of the city and shows how the traditional typo-morphological principles of the city is changed by the new and “modern” urban plans, from the most cellular single building lot to the structure of the city, drastically. In This paper the process of this change will be read in relation to legal and administrative process of change which selects and distributes specific kinds of building and block types to accelerate the development process. It will be described how this process ends to the condition which-in the city is right now. The modern changes brought the city to starting level of globalization changes and in past decades many new types have been penetrated the urban fabric. The present urban fabric is a combination of traditional, modern and contemporary types. At the end an agenda for a framework will be proposed which can lead the urban fabric to a situation which these three kinds of temporal typology have a dialogue with each other.

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