EditorIal 5 Helen Castle About the Guest Editors 6 Michael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi Spotlight 8 Visual highlights of the issue Introduction 16 Iran: Past, Present and Future Michael Hensel and Mehran Gharleghi Towards an Architectural History of Performance: Auxiliarity, Performance and Provision in Historical Persian Architectures 26 Michael Hensel, Defne Sunguro?lu Hensel, Mehran Gharleghi and Salmaan Craig Persian Gardens and Landscapes 38 Nasrine Faghih and Amin Sadeghy World of Similitude: The Metamorphosis of Iranian Architecture 52 Farshad Farahi Subterreanean Landscape: The Far-Reaching Influence of the Underground Qanat Network in Ancient and Present-Day Iran 62 Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff Contemporary Architecture of Iran 70 Darab Diba Assimilating the Authentic with the Contemporary: The Work of Hadi Mirmiran 1945?2006 80 Saman Sayar Practices @ Home: Assimilating the Past and the Present for a Visionary Architecture 88 Mehran Gharleghi Practices Abroad: Today?s Diaspora Tomorrow?s Architecture 104 Michael Hensel Latent Futures of Iranian Architecture 120 Michael Hensel Counterpoint 128 Iran in the Regional Context Farrokh Derakhshani Contributors 135
Michael Hensel is an architect, researcher and writer. Heis Professor for 'Research by Design' at AHO (the Oslo School ofArchitecture and Design), where he is currently developing anarchitecture research centre. He co-developed the curriculum of theEmergent Technologies and Design Program and co-directed it from2001 to 2009. Hensel has taught, lectured and held visitingprofessorships and fellowships in Europe, the Americas, Asia andAustralia. He is the author and editor of numerouspublications. Mehran Gharleghi received his Master of Architecture fromthe Emergent Technologies and Design Master Programme at theArchitectural Association. He is an architect and researcher. Hehas been collaborating with prominent architects in Iran since 2004and is the co-founder of Studio Integrate in London with AminSadeghy.