Pilgrimage, Power and Identity of Place


This project consists of a theoretical and design research on segregation and polarization of  Mashhad city in Iran by a comprehensive historical analysis which  concluded each intervention since the 16th century  till now lifted out the power from the local fabric in benefit of specific group in the society and  how religious globalization has stratified the city, resulting in two cities:  one for the inhabitants and the second for the pilgrims, related to it  a design strategy proposed which a concept of depolarization is introduced where segregated neighborhoods could get benefit from the economic power of the city , this design strategy is responding to the following research questions: 

How can the dual nature of the city be reconciled in a way which is positive for the less powerful?

How is it possible to improve synergy and connections between the old nucleus and city?

Tahereh Keimanesh
Stephen Read
Henco Bekkering