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Form, Space and Design

From the Persian to the European Experience

  • Studies the principles of urban spatial organization of historic cities, offering design guidance

  • Defines qualitative criteria

  • Illustrations integrated with explanatory text give a better understanding of the subject

  • Proposes a design policy for the future


Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Mahmoud Tavassoli
    Pages 1-21
  3. Mahmoud Tavassoli
    Pages 23-39
  4. Mahmoud Tavassoli
    Pages 57-80
  5. Mahmoud Tavassoli
    Pages 81-97
  6. Mahmoud Tavassoli
    Pages 99-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-138

About this book


This book studies the principles of urban spatial organization of historic cities. It can be considered a guide to design, presenting qualitative criteria to satisfy practical needs. The subject is explored through interconnected chapters, each addressing an important aspect of form-space and design values, knowledge and our present problems.  

In this book the interpretation is artistic and socio-cultural. Discussion is not concentrated on singular urban space but on interrelated spaces and elements across the city, and complexes. Considering the comparative aspects of study, the reader will notice that despite cultural differences, there is a common understanding in artistic creativity and sensibility in the presented examples.


Origin of Forms Spatial Continuity Forgotten Design Knowledge System of Form-Space Flowing forms, Flowing spaces Global and Local Experience Concept of Space Form Values Forms of Continuity in Space landscape/regional and urban planning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.(emeritus), University of TehranTehranIran

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