Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
HydroCity is invited by the French Research Institute in Iran to participate in a two day conference on sustainability, taking place at Tarbiat Modaress University. Iran is standing at a turning point, with its doors opening up to global economy. Crucial directives will guide the country either towards a prosperous future, if ecology and preservation of local ressources is put at the forefront, or see it somber into the chains of crumbling capitalism. We will be advocating a holistic approach by placing the qanat system as a cultural heritage to preserve, protect, and re-use.
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Georg Gester, Niavaran Cultural Centre Sept 16-Oct 1 2016
"From 1976 to 1978 Georg Gerster was privileged to fly again and again over huge Iran and to discover it from the perspective of the bird's eye. Now, for the first time in Iran, he exhibits the aerial views resulting from these flights in Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center. The exhibition title "Iran through the eyes of Homa" pays tribute to Homa, a mythical bird of Ancient Persia's, celebrted for his sharp-sightedness. The show, features 133 aerial images."
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Eskandar Mokhtari, Heritage Preservationist -Ali M. Saadati, Head of Urban Design, Tehran Municipality - Ahmad Maleki, Hirsa Consulting
On July 11th, we held a talk with important actors concerned with the Tehran Garden Festival. Eskandar Mokhtari who is responsible for the most important preservation projects in Iran, (including the Bam Citadel), expressed his enthusiasm and support for considering the qanat as a heritage and device to revive the city. The city is well aware of the logistical difficulties of bringing Mehrgerd's water back to surface. There was a mutual agreement between everyone on the pannel that the garden festival was a noteworthy project to pursue. The new calendar anticipates for the gardens to be inaugurated in October 2017.
Mapping Mehrgerd, Tehran Museum of Contemporaty Art, July 10 & 11 2016 E
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We were very honored to have François Sénémaud, the Ambassador of France, at our exhibition, Mapping Mehrgerd. The French government has engaged itself to support the Filtering Garden Festival, and we hope that next year this time we will be planting downtown for the revival of the capital's oldest qanat.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
After 3 weeks of research and field work with our team, we've decided to work on Mehrgerd qanat. Being Tehran's original and oldest qanat it also has an impressive water debit of 200 litres per second, making it an underground river. The 5 sites for the filtering Garden Festival will be chosen on the 5km path of Mehrgerd, from its mother-well to its appearance. Each garden will be the opportunity to make the invisible, visible.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Chosen participants will collaborate in all three phases of the project taking place from January to September 2017. These phases cover research, a 10 day design workshop in April, and fabrication. Candidates should send CV cover letter and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS DECEMBER 31ST
*the project is with ESA-LAB, the brand new research lab at Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture
Monday, November 23, 2015
Early November, HydroCity was in Tehran with Gilbert Fillinger, the director of Maison de Culture d'Amiens and Chilperic de Boiscuillé, founder of the Nature and Landscape School of Blois, to meet with Tehran's 12th district municipality. We are very lucky to be part of the downtown revival planned by Tehran's mayor Ghalibaf, who has justly designated the historic core as the capital's gem. The festival will create five filtering gardens downtown Tehran as permanent public spaces; urban gardens that will collect, filter, and store water from the abandoned qanat network.
LINK TO MUNICIPALITY WEBSITE
HydroCity would like to thank the Soudavar Family Foundation and the Flora Family Foundation for being the first sponsors and supporters of this project.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
Sustaining Biodiversity /// Architecture and Landscape find themselves today at the
intersection of a new approach in Urbanism, driven foremost by a global
ecological crisis that no longer absorbs Modernism’s agenda of a universal and
atopic* space. The main concept relies on a renewed interest in heritage, a
heritage interlocking nature and culture as an inseparable set in understanding
a site, and directing its programs.
* [a] from ancient greek, without
[topos] site or place
Monday, September 7, 2015
The word qanat comes from the Akkadian word qanu*, which designates reeds, and later in latin gave canna, and eventually became canal. So in short the word is a morphological derivation of a hollow elongated stem to mean a tunnel or gallery that carries water. What's interesting in the persian language is that the word for sugar comes from the same root "qand" ( ghand), alluding to the same form of the sugar cane.
*Les Qanats, Henri Goblot, 1979, French geologist who published the most comprehensive study on the topic.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
A conversation with:
Nicolas Michelin, Architect and Urbanist, ANMA
Chris Younés, Philosopher, ESA
Amir Farman-Farma, Economist, Connexion Capital
Ali Semsar Yazdi, UNESCO-ICQHS
moderated by Sara Kamalvand & Edouard Sors
TUESDAY JUNE 30TH AT 6PM
11 RUE DES PETITES ECURIES
*This event is sponsored by Connexion Capital
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
At our exhibition at La Manne in Paris, Samuel Hoppe, of the amazing Volume Library, has made a selection of books on Iran. From Sadegh Hedayat, to Kiarostami, Zarathustra, a treaty of earthen architecture, and more to be discovered at the foundation...
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
"Je voudrais faire une analogie avec les ruines de Rome. Pourquoi ? Parce que ça relève exactement du même bagage historique mais eux ils ont la chance que c’est en plein air, et vous toute la mémoire d’une constitution d’une société qui va du pied de la montagne jusqu’ici et plus bas est entièrement souterraine. Mais du coup je la considère comme indestructible… On peut casser des temples, on peut casser tout ce qu’on veut mais on ne peux pas casser ce que vous avez là et ça c’est fabuleux en même temps. "
Extrait du discours de clôture de Alain Richert, Mesocity Tehran Workshop, 2012
Extrait du discours de clôture de Alain Richert, Mesocity Tehran Workshop, 2012
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
IN MOHAMMAD ABAD, A COMMUNITY OF FARMERS REMAIN TO USE THEIR HISTORICAL QANAT. THEY HAD CONSERVED THEIR CULTURAL SPECIFICITIES AND THEIR ORIGINAL WATER SHARING CULTURE. THEY LIVE IN COEXISTENCE WITH A COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT .......
TEAM: Isabel Hérault - Professor, Thierry Ruf - Professor / Mabel Miranda (ADM), Daniel Hazanas (ADM), Antoine Feldmann (ENSNP), Bahareh Ghazaei (Yazd) , Vahid Mehrab (Yazd), Mahboob Homaee (Yazd), Maryam Omidvari (Yazd) Mahshid Radaei (Yazd), Mahjabin Radaei (Yazd)
As part of the Re-Use Yazd Workshop, HydroCity invited Catherine Willis to create an olfactif installation in an 18th c. garden in Yazd. This event was made possible with the support of UNESCO-ICQHS, and the school of Art and Architecture of the University of Yazd. With the participation of Professor Ali Sharifi and his art students. Mrs. Willis was assisted also by Massoud Kowsar.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Devil's dung, a stinky plant, endemic to Yazd was long part of the city's economic prosperity. Ferula assa-foetida(Apiaceae) is a medicinal plant that grows only wild. A gum resin, called Anghoze in Persian is obtained from its roots. It has been reported to be antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, laxative, sedative, nerving, analgesic, anthelmintic, antiseptic, and also has good effects on male fertility. It' s an aphrodisiac. Its also the main ingredient in Worcester sauce !
Yazd, old city, aerial photo 1975
The 3000 year old city of Yazd is long under a decaying process. The city's architectural typology is an outstanding ode to the "organic". To our flawless capacity to adapt. The harsh heat and aridity of the desert has produced a range of earthen architecture, interior courtyards and wind towers intrinsic with the qanat.