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Unit Tutor: Edouard Cabay + Valentin Bontjes van Beek
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Learning from Local Islamic architecture
Due to the extraordinary Islamic architectural patrimony of Teheran, the work of this unit will relate very closely to antique techniques of both design and building, where the constructed material configurations rely on the articulated relationship between the singular element and its assembly in larger, apparently seamless apparels. We will aim to understand such assemblies in terms of idea, geometry, material and construction technology, using new design tools and technology to challenge old models and learn from their performance.

Space and Climate
The climate of Iran makes a more ambiguous rapport possible between what is conventionally described as inside and outside spaces. The very rules of local vernacular architecture are organized around passive strategies of influence on domestic climatic environment. Within a constructed building configuration consisting of hard materials, light, water and air are considered as equally important resources to coexist and craft a climatic effect on the living space. In an epoch in which mechanical climatic systems run exclusively on electricity, we will reassess the potential of historical heritage to convert it to a generative and applicable input for our design.