search the site
 daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Continental Forums > Middle East > Local Forums > Iran > Construction & Development > Mid-North (Capital Region) > Tehran



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old July 9th, 2017, 10:19 PM   #741
SoldierT
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 976
Likes (Received): 702

The huge plaza in the center of Tehran’s Valiasr Square that was meant to become a space for cultural programs is now nothing more than a godforsaken pit where few passers-by stop to sit and rest after over three months since its launch.

The space in the middle of the high-traffic square in central Tehran was surrounded by fences and tarp for years and what was going on behind was a mystery to the public and the media alike until three months ago.

It had been widely thought that the construction was for an entrance to a Tehran Metro station until a plaza was finally unveiled on March 10.

In fact, the project was initially aimed at building an entrance to Valiasr Square Metro Station, but its purpose gradually changed to include a plaza as well.

In early 2009 it was undertaken by Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Operation Company (Metro) and was planned to be completed in 2.5 years; however, it took more than three times as long.

There are no traces of cultural programs anywhere in the plaza, which occupies the first floor (street-level) of the seven-story structure.

Naturally, many have become critical of the plaza’s lack of purpose, particularly given that it cost more than 1.6 trillion rials ($42.2 million) to build.

Speaking to ISNA, Rahmatollah Hafezi, head of the Health Commission at Tehran City Council, accused the municipality of initiating projects for the sake of publicity rather than practicality.

“Tehran Municipality only wants to show off,” he said, adding that addressing cultural issues takes a lot more than ostentatious projects.

With Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on his way out of an office he has held for 12 years, Hafezi said the appointment of a new mayor will most likely lead to “creative and practical” solutions to the city’s problems.

Promoting Art, Culture

Maziar Hosseini, traffic deputy at the TM, has spoken in favor of the plaza, arguing that it can serve a variety of purposes.

“It provides a great space to run programs to promote art and culture; the unroofed section can be used to promote street art,” he said.

Hosseini said “fostering the culture of reading” is high on the metro company’s agenda and relevant programs will be launched in the plaza.

The plaza is often compared to the underpass on Valiasr junction (a short distance south of the square); a similar ornate structure that many believe has failed to produce the expected results. It was built with a massive budget but operates only as a place for temporary and weekly markets.

However, Hosseini maintained that whether a project is deemed successful is “subjective”.

Shahram Jabbarizadegan, an urban planning expert, likened the plaza to the crater of a dormant volcano which serves no real function.

“The nostalgic view of Valiasr square has vanished only to be replaced by an underground structure,” he said. “You have to get on a helicopter and fly above the plaza to actually see the inside.”

According to the expert, the building does not even meet the specifications of a plaza as described in urban development documents.

“The building looks more like a pedestrian underpass than a public space,” he criticized. “It looks rather like a crypt and has no attractions.”

Jabbarizadegan stressed that the purpose of an urban structure must be determined before construction begins.

“You can’t devise a function after you build the structure!” he said.

Experts are also critical of the municipality’s not-so-subtle preference for drivers than pedestrians, arguing that TM’s projects are mostly designed to benefit vehicles.

“People are forced to walk underground to reach the plaza, whereas projects such as the two-level Sadr Expressway are designed to keep vehicles on or above street level,” Jabbarizadegan said. “This sends a bad signal to pedestrians.”

Eqbal Shakeri, head of the city council’s Construction Committee, blamed the issue on the involvement of irrelevant entities in the management of cultural spaces.

“The operation of a cultural place must be directed by a specialized department, not by the metro company,” he said. “Just because they’ve built the structure doesn’t mean they must manage it.”
__________________

Herbicide, clementberlu liked this post
SoldierT no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old July 9th, 2017, 10:27 PM   #742
SoldierT
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 976
Likes (Received): 702

in hame pul kharj kardan ahmagha ke chi beshe
akhe che dalili dare barun bebre un tu ya aftabe tiz tu tabestun dahane hamaro saf kone
man waghean sar dar nemiaram

yani age sadetarin raho entekhab mikardan khak mirikhtan wa derakht mikashtan az in behtar mishod

42million dollar baraye in proje
hala bebinin cheghad khordan tu shahrdari
SoldierT no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 11th, 2017, 12:18 AM   #743
SoroushPersepolisi
Moderator
 
SoroushPersepolisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tehran
Posts: 14,742
Likes (Received): 4731

overall a useless project. 42 million is enough to construct a whole small block in iran with a few decent 3-5 floor apartments and green space (and it has a return)
this project is so ridiculous in terms of its logic that it makes no sense how grown men decided to make an open hole in the ground

instead as you said they could of planted trees , and drawn some proper pedestrian lines and added proper curbs and traffic lights, total cost might be 5 million

alicante spain

sevilla


amsterdam with bike lanes




kiel germany
[IMG]http://l7.**********/zooms/39e234940ba54389aade4bbe7df567fa/waldwiesenverteiler-roundabout-aerial-view-kiel-schleswig-holstein-eakamm.jpg[/IMG]
__________________
See TEHRAN, The Capital of IRAN

clementberlu, Alexsal liked this post

Last edited by SoroushPersepolisi; July 11th, 2017 at 12:35 AM.
SoroushPersepolisi no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 11th, 2017, 04:38 PM   #744
Alexsal
Registered User
 
Alexsal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: London
Posts: 1,118
Likes (Received): 849

I knew it was going to be a waste of time and effort. It had failure written all over it. But to be honest the whole 42 million is not wasted because I would imagine most of the cost was for the metro access etc. They probably saved money by not having a roof over the whole thing! I am joking but it really isn't that obvious which scheme would have been cheaper overall.

None the less this will go down as a failure ESP after all the publicity. They should cover the area with a state of the art glass dome and add wind catcher badgirs to implement a very Persian design in an ultra modern setting. Then by planting intersting miniature trees and plants they can make the whole thing a place of interest for people to visit. If money is a problem then just plant trees and flowers as is, and make the area welcoming rather than this barren hot no man's land. Qalibaf has sure left a bit of a stinky legacy!
Alexsal no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 19th, 2017, 03:50 AM   #745
iranii
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,602
Likes (Received): 2366

هسازی محور حرم حضرت عبدالعظیم حسنی































http://www.zibasazi.ir/fa/photorepor...#1740;-ع
__________________
iranii no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 19th, 2017, 03:52 AM   #746
iranii
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1,602
Likes (Received): 2366

^ very good that they are turning their attention to the south of the city as well. the municipality needs to do some massive redevelopment areas in some areas (yaftabad and such)
__________________

SoroushPersepolisi liked this post
iranii no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 19th, 2017, 05:21 AM   #747
Batista12
Registered User
 
Batista12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 's-Gravenhage
Posts: 1,278
Likes (Received): 843

100 years anniversary of the Art University of Tehran building.



__________________
Batista12 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2017, 05:31 PM   #748
SoroushPersepolisi
Moderator
 
SoroushPersepolisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tehran
Posts: 14,742
Likes (Received): 4731

bank melli museum opened in an old renovated building extension behind bank melli's central branch (ferdosi street) across from the german and turkish embassies














http://www.mehrnews.com/photo/402948...B1%D8%A7%D9%86
__________________
See TEHRAN, The Capital of IRAN

iranii, peykantm, Herbicide liked this post
SoroushPersepolisi no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
iran, redevelopment, renovation, tehran, urban

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 06:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu