From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

BANAMID Architecture Research Institute in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS will hold the third International conference from the “Contemporary Architecture: Iran and the World Dialogue” series in Tehran, Iran. The conference, titled “From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman” will focus on the defining legacy of Peter Eisenman spanning across 50 years of his intellectual and professional body of work. The conference will trace the evolution of Eisenman’s work over time and will examine its imprint on the contemporary discourse of architecture.

“From Autonomy to Automation” is organized in three main sessions: Autonomy (1968-1978), Archeology (1978-1988), and Automation (1988-present), corresponding to the three stages of Eisenman’s work. Each session would begin with an introductory talk by one of the conference speakers and will follow a response by Peter Eisenman. The speakers would then engage in a discussion with Peter Eisenman about his work. Other speakers include: Iman Ansari, Cynthia Davidson, Marta Nowak, and Meghdad Sharif.

The conference will take place on May 13th and 14th, 2014 at the main conference hall of Milad Tower in Tehran. The event is open to public to stimulate critical dialogues amongst participants, and instigate a broader discussion about the state of contemporary architecture in Iran. Conference organizers also anticipate that this event would promote intellectual and cross-cultural exchange between Iran and the rest of the world.

Title: From Autonomy To Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman
Organizers: BANAMID Architecture Research Institute, AN.ONYMOUS
Speakers: Peter Eisenman, Cynthia Davidson, Iman Ansari, Marta Nowak, and Meghdad Sharif
Media Partners: Log, ArchDaily, Milad Tower Cultural Center, Banamid TV
Educational Partners: University of Tehran, Shahid Beheshti University
Date & Time: Tuesday May 13, 2014, 10:00-14:00 | Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:00
-14:00
Venue: Hafez Main Conference Hall, Milad Tower
Address: Milad Tower Private Access Road, Hakim Motorway, Tehran, Iran
Registration: Event information and registration at: http://event.banamid.ir/

And don’t miss this article, which originally appeared on Architectural Review, in which AN.ONYMOUS’s Iman Ansari interviews Peter Eisenman about his personal views on architecture throughout the course of his career.

AA Visiting School: Tehran – The Third Place-Urban Machines

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UPDATE: To apply please refer to the AA website, http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/tehran.
The Architectural Association has two full scholarships so you can attend the AA Visiting School in , Iran.
Please mention that you’re applying for the ArchDaily Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is February 28. 

Tehran, Iran’s capital, ranks among the world’s fast-growing cities. In the early 1940s, Tehran’s population was about 700,000. By 1966, it had risen to 3 million and by 1986 to 6 million. Today, the metropolitan area has more than 10 million residents. This explosive growth has had environmental and public health consequences, including air, water pollution and the loss of arable land and public realm. The ever increasing land value makes developments and the replacement of urban open space and easy choice. With the disappearance of open public plaza, by traffic islands and motorways the predominant public space left in the city is its many traffic arteries.

With a young population and the Cars as the main mode of transport in the city, the many highways of Tehran come to a grinding halt during rush hour.

New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur

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In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer daylight and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape.

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

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Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of ,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to ’s many desert cities. 

Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture

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New Wave Architecture‘s proposal (one of eight) for the 2015 Milan Expo demonstrates an essence of Iran brought together in a series of organic forms. The expo’s theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is encapsulated the designer’s exploration of the trace of cookery in culture, literature and Iranian art. The conceptual idea behind New Wave’s proposal, The Persian Garden, reflects the cycle of a tree: the organism is fed by the soil, grows and blossoms, before nourishing people and spreading throughout the earth “to asset its support.”

Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization / Partar Architecture Studio

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The design for the Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization by Partar Architecture Studio began with “a key question that discussed the feasibility and impossibility of imagining a unique design which best suits the spatial quality of traditional Iranian architecture.” Partar’s design process was based on this challenge, and has led to an interesting proposal that attempts to bridge the art of architecture and the technology of construction using an understanding of the phenomenological aspects of Persian art and ornament, coupled with traditional Persian building techniques.

AA Visiting School Tehran

Tehran 2009. Image Courtesy of AA

Taking place August 31-September 14, the 3rd annual AA Visiting School Tehran will be examining the quality of our urban spaces, we will be looking at infill sites, leftover spaces which have been generated as a result inefficient use of public roads to examine the potential for the generation of usable public space, or in other words the third place (the first being the home, the second the workplace). Using the theme ‘The Third Place-Urban Machines,’ they will be using our experiences from past years in regards to prototyping and simplex manufacturing to inform proposals for urban machines and interventions. These Proposals will attempt to specifically address site concerns and conditions. Our ambition is to produce and implement these proposals on site across the city. Applications are due no later than August 17. For more information, please visit here.

Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

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Waltritsch a+u, in collaboration with Rndr Studio, just won the 1st prize in a international competition for the design of the Ryhan villa complex ‘s gate in Mazandaran province, North Iran. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world. The architects’ inspiration from beautiful forms of Iranian architecture has been summarized into a simple and delicate gesture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Isfahan / Logical Process in Architectural Design Office

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Architects: Logical Process in Architectural Design Office
Location: Isfahan City,
Architect In Charge: Ehsan Hosseini, Elham Geramizadeh
Design Team: Amirali Poorkian
Contractor: Mehdi Hasan Nezhad
Area: 640 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: F. Nasrabadi

Video: Iran, The Embargoed Hotel

Battling against international sanctions, global economic crisis and the challenges behind creating a hotel locally and sustainably in , Ameriha House is a recipe for disaster. Or is it?

Qasr Garden Museum / Experimental Branch of Architecture

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Architects: Experimental Branch of Architecture
Location: , Iran
Architect In Charge: Arash Mozafari
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ali Daghigh

Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain

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Architects: Architecture by Collective Terrain
Location: Mahallat,
Client: Ramin Mehdizadeh, Hossein Sohrabpoor, Mehdi Mehdizadeh
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Omid Khodapanahi

Persian Factory Second Prize Winning Proposal / Hooba Design Group

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Designed by Hooba Design Group, one of the major aims in their second prize winning proposal for the Persian Factory in was coming to an integrated spatial pattern, which fits both the new part of the existing structure and the site plan of the factory. In order to achieve an integrated organization, they used a spatial diagram, which defined both the inside and outside of the project simultaneously. This diagram is influenced by the building’s site, and also the existing status of building and additional sections. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Padideh Kish Competition Winning Proposal / Shirdel and Associates Architects

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The first prize winning proposal in the competition to design the masterplan of Padideh Kish, a destination resort in Kish Island, , creates a fantastic and exciting place to improve and deepen the experience of a trip and remain in the mind of any visitor. Designed by Shirdel and Associates Architects, their idea of Padideh is a result of juxtaposition, the interaction and development of concepts where each one is dependent on the architectural achievements and architectural history of Iran. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mosque (Amir Al-Momenin) Proposal / CAAT Architecture Studio

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Focusing on local architecture, the proposal for the Mosque (Amir Al- Momenin) by CAAT Architecture Studio detaches from everyday life and the approach to worship space in accessing the building. The integrated entity of the proposal plays its role as a religious and cultural center in the region scale while communicating with the environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza

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Architects: Alireza Mashhadmirza
Location: Tehran,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Alireza Mashhadmirza

No Name Shop / Ali Dehghani, Ali Soltani & Atefeh Karbasi

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Architects: Ali Dehghani, Ali Soltani, Atefeh Karbasi
Location: Najafabad,
Area: 794 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi

DGS-Co Office Building / Ali dehghani, Ali soltani & Atefeh karbasi

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Architects: Ali dehghani,
Location: Najafabad, Iran
Year: 2012
Area: 1011 sqm
Client: Mohammad Ayati
Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi