A Research on Adaptation of Historic Urban Landscapes ; The Case of The Historical City of Tehran

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Key theme: 01 Physical integrity of historic urban landscapes
Date of reception: 15/11/2008

AUTHORS (*Main author)

Behrooz, Samira * - Tehran Historical City Office (Iran (Islamic Republic of))
Karampour, Katayoun - Tehran Historical City Office (Iran (Islamic Republic of))



Nowadays challenge between contemporary architecture and historic urban landscape is one of the discussible topics in the cities with historic background and weather it's possible to reach equilibrium in this subject has been doubtful.
It shouldn't be forgotten that modern human has his own needs and demands.
This essay is seeking how can provide the activities of contemporary city in historic context and how "current life" can be present in historic urban landscape without any detriment. In response to this, contemporary city criteria has been researched to understanding the subject and to reach tangible results, Tehran historic city and different interventions in it has been glanced. Reviewing the results of these experiences and the new city requirements shows that city is an alive being that needs to continue, and it's not wise to completely eliminate renovation in historic areas of the city. Because we shouldn't obstruct the contemporary innovation, and it's deserve to respect to the "new" which is continue of the "old", and by itself shows evaluating process.
So, just having conservative viewpoint to historical fabrics (e.g. Tehran historical city) can end up destruction and even death of that. Just as many cases are happened in the historical city of Tehran. It's necessary to mention that in some extent, the limits of the renovative interventions depends on the age and the value of historic fabric. The sort of renovation is acceptable that provides improving for historic fabric and do not be in opposite of that.
The historic urban landscape of Tehran requires adaptation and regeneration in order to obtain its lost dignity, but it's obvious that only physical aspects shouldn't be concern.


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