Lecture 2. Recasting Public Housing Practices in Iran: The Example of Kuy-e Kan (1958-68)

Lecture 2 | Recasting Public Housing Practices in Iran: The Example of Kuye Kan (1958-68) In the previous lecture, I looked at the ways through which the capitalist mode of consumption and production led to the development of a design manual for the city of Tehran. The second lecture firstly discusses how this manual shaped the built environment of a prototypical housing model known as Kuy-e Kan in West-Tehran; and how Iranian architects used this model to stimulate a new lifestyle among the working class in Iran. The second part of the lecture deals with the changes implemented by the developers of Kan (i.e. the government, local architects, and contractors) to make the project an attractive place to live among the working-class. By analysing the morpho-typological characteristics of Kuy-e Kan and its development, this lecture finally reveals how this project became a source of inspiration for developing a manual of cooperative housing typologies in Iran, and for the construction of new public housing projects such as Kuy-e Nohom-e Aban (1964-66), Kuy-e Chaharom-e Aban (1967-69), and Peykan Shahr (1968-72) in Tehran.

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