Tehran City Garden

Tehran City Garden

Designs for a New Civic Centre – Shaping Public Life on the City’s Former Airport Area

aac Workshop, Tehran, Iran
4th to 29th September 2017 on Campus Rainvilleterrasse in Hamburg – the workshop includes an excursion to Tehran, Iran

This workshop is under the guidance of
Prof. Dr.- Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg

The topic of this year’s autumn workshop is the redevelopment of Iran’s capital former airport in Tehran. Student designs for parts of the area shall make a substantial contribution to the conversion of the former airport area.

Excerpt of the Iranian daily newspaper, Iran Newspaper, June 27th 1922: “According to information received, two British airplanes will shortly fly over Tehran. The Iranian Government has already been informed and requested to nominate a location for their landing. The Police Department has been duly instructed to prepare and level an appropriate site outside the City Gate for this purpose.”

Today, 95 years after the opening of Iran’s first airport, it has been replaced by more modern airports and stands already vacated since seven years; however, the derelict former airfield is surrounded by urban city life. An inner-city open area of this scale offers excellent possibilities for a megacity like Tehran regarding the expansion and densification of the city.

Based on a recent master plan proposal for the area, which covers approx. 270 hectare, the assignment of aac’s autumn workshop is to design on parts of the area a centre for cultural interaction as a place of community, communication and integration.

The designs developed in the workshop shall propose ideas of potential and therefore can add impulse to the future and development one of the largest inner-city open areas worldwide.
Solutions will have to be well thought-out and have to deal with the necessities of a modern large city of the 21st century while considering the cultural peculiarities of the country.

The international three-and-a-half week workshop takes place with selected international participants at the aac Studios on Campus Rainvilleterrasse.

An excursion to the site in Tehran and to further reference locations in Iran is part of the workshop. Expert lectures and critiques by renowned visiting professors accompany the design process at the premises of Campus Rainvilleterrasse in Hamburg, resulting in a public exhibition opening of all proposals.