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Observing role of Tradition and Identity in Iran’s Contemporary Architecture

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Archaeology, Ilam Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ilam, IRAN
  • 2Department of Architectural, Ilam Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ilam, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (10), Pages 122-125, October,2 (2015)


It has been concerned about the role of tradition and identity in Irans contemporary architecture believing that today, these two elements are not in their own place. On the other hand, some architects attempt to mimic the western designs in order to precede the advancements in world architecture making Irans architecture similar to western designs. Also, to develop an Iranian identity, architects attempt to mimic Vernacular Architecture of Iran as Islamic architecture and/or national identity resulting in giving Iranian identity to the buildings. Generally speaking, it could be stated that contemporary architecture of Iran is immersed in uncertainty about tradition and modernization. Previous experiences dating back to four or five decades ago have shown that despite lots of deficiencies, there is an expectancy for modernization of Irans traditional architecture concerning todays needs resulting in efflorescence of historic and cultural identity. The main objective of present paper is to observe role of tradition and identity in Irans contemporary architecture, for this library method including descriptive type within observing texts, books, references and papers has been used. Obtained results report the great change in architecture domain by which preserving traditional and identity principles in todays modern works could be seen.


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