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Urban Change in Iran

Stories of Rooted Histories and Ever-accelerating Developments

  • Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
  • Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian, Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini
    Pages 1-6
  3. Pre-modern and Contemporary Urbanism

  4. Contemporary Society and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Zahra Azizi, Mahya Fatemi
      Pages 71-85
  5. Urban Continuity or Discontinuity

  6. Shaping Iranian Cities (Zooming Out)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Hamidreza Rabiei-Dastjerdi, Maryam Kazemi
      Pages 171-186
    3. Homeira Shayesteh, Philip Steadman
      Pages 187-204
  7. Shaping Iranian Cities (Zooming In): Urban Projects and Programmes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205

About this book


This book, based on conference excerpts, investigates various aspects of contemporary Iranian urbanism. The topics covered range from the impacts of political developments on the cities’ rapid socio-economic developments, to the cities’ troubled relationship with the country’s built-environment history and their frequently ill-managed exposure to Western notions of development and globalisation. Last but not least, the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters in an age of increasing urban-population densification is also considered.

Alongside more theoretically and artistically oriented debates, the book’s individual contributions turn their attention to the now much higher proportion of urban dwellers in the country’s rising population. It also discusses the policies designed in response to these demographic moves, including those to develop new towns, find housing for the excess population in existing cities, renovate historic buildings and create new public spaces. The practice-policy oriented contributions also include those concerning the country’s responses to natural disasters.                                                                                                                                           


Historic Urbanism Iranian Architecture Iranian Urbanism Islamic City Rapid Urbanisation Urban Development Urban Landscapes Urban Morphological Change Urban Morphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
    • 1
  • Seyed Hossein Iradj Moeini
    • 2
  1. 1.Bartlett Development Planning UnitUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Faculty of Architecture & UrbanismShahid Beheshti UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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