Compatible development solutions in the context of historical settings in Iran

Fatemeh Mehdizadeh Saradj

Rezumat/Abstract. This paper elaborates some prominent development solutions in the vicinity of historic buildings. These solutions differ from country to country, considering the special situation of each country, such as the number of historic monuments, the current construction quality, peoples’ interests and the benefits of historic buildings and sites. To be able to evaluate the similar states of development strategies in Iran, a questionnaire focused on citing examples of any type of intervention through PowerPoint presentation for every group of architectural professionals was framed. The results indicated that most respondents preferred to adopt the following development solutions, in Iranian context as follows: adaptive re-use of existing listed buildings, development in the immediate vicinity of monuments while considering proper separation and articulation between them, extending monuments to increase the required spaces and also exploitation of suitable infill development. Obviously, this hierarchical order could differ from one context to another. To find out if any specific method for architectural design was preferred, interviewees were asked to rank five proposed solutions for architectural design in historic context. Respondents were mostly pro harmonic design with monuments for new constructions in the core zone of monuments, while considering a proper gap between new and old.

Cuvinte cheie/Key words: architecture, urban development, historical buildings, contextual design, historic settings

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