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Sports Centre in Bastam Semnan. This experimental design has managed the impossible. Aluminum cladding has been used in a novel way to reduce costs significantly to make municipal buildings in small towns financially viable. It actually looks good and has been a hit with the youth in the area.

The designers are Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute a boys school non-profit.









The budget was just $400 thousand, the school could not allocate any more. That is really cheap for a fairly substantial structure esp when you consider all the transport costs etc needed for labour, materials and the rest in far flung sites like this. If this is used as a template for other towns, the impact on education alone can be very far reaching. I am impressed.

Article in Dezhttps://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/05/iran-sports-centre-fea-studio-aluminium-glass-noor-e-mobin-educational-cultural-institute/een magazine:
 

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There is a really great article in Arch Daily about Iranian Architecture and its historic evolution utilizing geometric designs organically.

The Simplicity of Iranian Architecture's Complex Geometry

It also explores how this has influenced modern innovations and designs.










''At the architecture school in the desert city of Yazd, students have explored contemporary ways of combining simple elements with a goal of creating a final structure that is geometrically advanced. Examples include textiles, string, and wires, using the design concepts of traditional Iranian handicraft to produce something just as exciting within modern architecture.''




Geometric decorations are such a huge part of Iranian psyche its good to see it is appreciated by others too.

Article here:

http://www.archdaily.com/805060/the-simplicity-of-iranian-architectures-complex-geometry
 

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Sports Centre in Bastam Semnan. This experimental design has managed the impossible. Aluminum cladding has been used in a novel way to reduce costs significantly to make municipal buildings in small towns financially viable. It actually looks good and has been a hit with the youth in the area.

The designers are Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute a boys school non-profit.

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Impressive and a good model for other cities.
Bastam is a gem of a town by the way. Clean environment, lovely weather, good soil, conservative but warm folks and great food. One of my favorite small towns in Iran.
 

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interesting renovation in zanjan

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project is about renovation of a facade in Zanjan located in the North West of Iran,320 kilometers far from Tehran with an area of 36,400 km² has a mostly rural, population of 700,000.

In design process there were not so many chance to change the plan , so in final design we used existing elements in plan and brought them to the elevation to have simple , familiar to the surrounding and strong facade.
As Zanjan located in cold and mountainous zone of Iran that is why stone was the first choice .The stone used on the facade comes from mine around the city,built specific texture on that, close to the translucent part,and the entire producing process is hand work.
Separation of 4 parts made of stone in facade turned out by translucent gaps made of 20 mm glasses put over each other.
http://architizer.com/projects/renovation-of-a-house/





http://www.caoi.ir/images/igallery/resized/1-
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http://www.caoi.ir/en/projects/item/55-a-house-in-zanjan#
 

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Spanish Firm Joins Hands to Repurpose Heritage Sites in Iran

Iran has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Spanish hotel firm to restore historical structures in Iran and repurpose them into lodging facilities.

The agreement was signed by Iran's Revitalization and Utilization Fund for Historical Places (also known as Sabta) and Paradores, a Spanish company, and involves transfer of know-how for the restoration of historical buildings, the fund's official website reported.

The two sides have also agreed to encourage travel between Iran and Spain. Organizing workshops, conducting inspections and consulting over restoration projects are other measures outlined in the MoU.

Paradores de Turismo de Espana will only provide its expertise in renovating and repurposing historical sites, and will not be investing. The Spanish firm manages a chain of luxury hotels that are located in castles, palaces, fortresses, convents, monasteries and other historical buildings.

A parador in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries is a kind of luxury hotel usually located in a converted historical building.

To restore ancient buildings and make them profitable, Sabta has initiated a plan to cede historical buildings to the private sector as long as they are repurposed into hotels, restaurants or lodging places. The target is to cede about 100 buildings to the private sector for restoration every year, which means a total of 1,084 buildings will be ready for use by the end of the 2025 Vision Plan.

Iran, a historical country, is home to a large number of old mansions and buildings, which can contribute to the country's nascent tourism industry if managed appropriately and restored carefully. Italian and Swedish investors have recently expressed their readiness to fund the restoration and repurposing of historical houses in Kerman, Kashan and Isfahan.

Officials hope to compensate for Iran's woefully underdeveloped hotel sector by increasing the sector's capacity to host tourists by restoring old mansions and turning them into traditional-style lodging facilities.
https://financialtribune.com/articl...ins-hands-to-repurpose-heritage-sites-in-iran
 

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Yea usUally MOU is worthless but here as you say the ones getting paid are the Spanish so chances are there will be some sort of movement on this one. It's a great idea though, Spain has similar weather and historic buildings to Iran and they have really done well in converting them into usable touristy spaces.
 

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Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn;139890793 said:
Few old houses left in Tehran



The one below is now surrounded by modern construction on all sides. There used to be hundreds similar ones in the same area, all gone, only a few left.



Won't be easy or cheap to rebuild even if they realised their mistake and wanted to. Would cost billions. Very easy to destroy though.
1) There are more than a "few" old houses in left in Tehran

2) It wouldn't cost billions to fix a "few" old houses. It wouldn't even cost 1 billion, unless you're talking about billions of toman, then yes that would be correct.
 

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$300m Needed to Repurpose 400 Sites

$300m Needed to Repurpose 400 Sites$300m Needed to Repurpose 400 Sitesh an investment of $300 million, the deputy for investment at Iran’s Revitalization and Utilization Fund for Historical Places (known by its Persian acronym Sabta) said.

Speaking at a conference on tourism investment in Semnan’s Sangesar Hotel on May 4, Ali Kazemi added that spending money on restoration and repurposing historical buildings leads to a quick return on investment.

“Historical buildings have a rich background and help with brand building, something investors are particular about,” IRNA quoted Kazemi as saying.

Kazemi said five out of the 400 buildings are in Semnan Province and owned by Sabta.

About 130 to 140 functions have been envisioned for these sites which will be decided based on the building’s conditions and location, economic feasibility, investor demand and infrastructure.

Numerous facilities have been provided to attract private sector and foreign investors, namely 100% tax exemption for five to 13 years, based on the scale and location of the project, and loans from the National Development Fund of Iran.

In addition to tax breaks and financial assistance, discounts in utility costs are also among the government’s incentives to implement restoration projects.

Iranian officials seem to have realized that the only way to preserve historical buildings is by encouraging the private sector to derive economic benefits from these buildings by retrofitting them.

According to a report by Financial Tribune’s sister publication Tejarat-e Farda, the fund handed over only 10 historical buildings to the private sector between 2006 and 2013. Under the government of President Hassan Rouhani, about 80 historical monuments were added to the list and currently over 70% of 269 monuments listed by the fund have been transferred to the private sector and are undergoing restoration and repair.

Officials hope to compensate for Iran’s woefully underdeveloped hotel sector by increasing the sector’s capacity to host tourists by restoring old mansions and turning them into lodging facilities.

Nevertheless, the repurposing of historical buildings and monuments for commercial use has its own critics who believe the protection and preservation of architectural heritage is among the responsibilities of the government and that the involvement of the private sector will inflict damage on historical monuments.
https://financialtribune.com/articles/people-travel/63737/300m-needed-to-repurpose-400-sites
 

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Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn;139903209 said:
1) Talking about this area; few left there.

2) I am talking about reconstruction. If you think it costs less than a billion $ to reconstruct thousands of historic homes, you're severely mistaken.

Please don't change your argument. You said there are a few historic houses left and it would cost billions to rebuild them. It wouldn't cost billions to rebuild a few historic houses, but it might cost a few billion to rebuild every historic house in Tehran which would probably be hundreds of houses.
 

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^^ problem is the municipality wants to buy out every house that it wants to re construct

Thats very very expensive

What they have to do is create zoning laws that dictate the style and historic buildings areas (and later determine what buildings should be used for what (functions like, hotels , residential , stores schools cafes offices) and sell them like private property under the condition that it must remain in the historic style

That is how investors and private funding can take over but sadly the municipality is doing the complete opposite.

They make money through selling beautiful old land in the northern areas (hence all these large projects in tiny narrow streets) and try to take on projects with that money

But in reality they have to do joint work with investors and movr towards a private - municipal balance
 

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Iran to restore its UNESCO-inscribed churches

In line with the goal of jumpstarting the tourism industry, Iran has allotted some $370,000 to the restoration of the UNESCO-inscribed churches that are located in northwest of the country.

“A sum of 14 billion rials (roughly $370,000) will be channeled into restoration plans for the UNESCO-inscribed churches in Iran,” Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Deputy Director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian told IRNA on Sunday.

“The identity of historical churches [in the country] must be preserved and the cultural heritage organization makes efforts to promote them by the means of organizing religious ceremonies and conducting conservation projects,” Talebian added.

The official made the remarks during a visit to Qareh Klise (the Monastery of Saint Thaddeus), an ancient Armenian monastery that played host to a religious gathering by the Christians in a mountainous landscape of West Azarbaijan province, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.

The organization also plans to document a total of 450 Armenian churches and 150 Assyrian ones, ILNA quoted Talebian as saying on Saturday.

Qareh Klise has always been a place of high spiritual value for Christians and other inhabitants in the region. Every summer, it hosts gatherings of pilgrims coming from Iran and Armenia to observe special religious ceremonies such as Holy Communion and baptism.

Together with St. Stepanos Monastery and the Chapel of Dzordzor, St. Thaddeus was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008 under the title “Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran”.

UNESCO says these edifices are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions.
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/415551/Iran-to-restore-its-UNESCO-inscribed-churches
 
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