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The making of Tehran: the incremental encroachment of modernity

The making of Tehran: the incremental encroachment of modernity

Falahat, Somaiyeh and Shirazi, M. Reza (2019) The making of Tehran: the incremental encroachment of modernity. In: Yacobi, Haim and Nasasra, Mansour, (eds.) Routledge Handbook on Middle East Cities. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 978-1315625164 (doi:

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This chapter argues that after being selected as the Persian capital in 1788, Tehran’s development was primarily and predominantly a modern project aiming at meeting the requirements of the modern world and a changing society. Based on a critical reading of major moments of urban modernity from the mid nineteenth century onwards, it discusses how, despite the strong presence of anti-Western discourse at various times (more evidently in the post-Revolution period), a modernist, technocratic, and technologised attitude towards city-making remained dominant. Attempts to establish a critical or anti-Western trend in urban planning and architecture against the dominant modernisation project either remained as abortive rhetoric or remained marginalised and due to political changes failed to be consolidated into a competing discourse. The making of Tehran has been, and continues to be, an incremental encroachment of modernity that struggles for contemporisation.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: cities, Middle East
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Architecture and Landscape Research and Enterprise
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 19:12
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