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UNESCO Event in Tehran on World Architecture Today

It’s World Architecture Day today! I was asked by Sinan Pakand of University of Tehran if I could participate in an event he’s involved with in conjunction with the UNESCO office in Tehran. I met Sinand about seven years ago when … Continue reading

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Day 14, Friday 22 July

University opens at 4 today, after prayers. In the afternoon I’m taking the familiar route there on my way to the contemporary art museum at the north of the park. Tehran University was a centre of activism during the revolution … Continue reading

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Day 12, Wednesday 20 July

Today we have 24-hour opening at the university so that work can keep going. Work is progressing but not quickly enought to allay fears about the exhibition. Spaces in the exhibition hall are still not finalised. Unbelievably, a night of … Continue reading

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Day 10, Monday 18 July

Today Maryam gets thrown off for reacting angrily to a security guard telling her to cover her head better. She has to grovel to be allowed back. On Sunday Shany was reprimanded about her sleeves being too short. One day … Continue reading

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Day 9, Sunday 17 July

We were all fully aware of the contradiction of reliance on air con what with the subject of the workshop focusing on sustainability through use of locally relevant materials, but y’know … After Esfahan I start getting slightly more used … Continue reading

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Day 5, Wednesday 13 July

It wasn’t gone tomorrow, but if you have to exist on yoghurt and rice for a few days this is a good country to do it. The rice is v light, super-fluffy, even when it’s from a takeaway and yoghurt … Continue reading

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Day 3, Monday 11 July

Everyone goes to the bazaar to find materials to work with: cord, wire, sheet material, rubberbands, wool, sticky stuff, machinery, knives. So much faking and knock off – the bazaar sells logos, buttons, ribbons to suggest brands that can’t be … Continue reading

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