Clues for Identity Formation in Contemporary Architecture of Iran. A search for the lost identity

to be published in Designer Magazine,
Bahram Hooshyar Yousefi
PhD (Dr.techn), M.Arch, MPM

Ata Chokhachian
PhD fellow, TU Munich

The buildings are one of the most resistant and at the same time exclusive creatures of human beings in different civilizations. In the past, the most significant impact of each society was the scale and hugeness of their buildings as a direct mirror of their power among other nations. Also theirs buildings were intelligent and practical enough to respect the nature and the user by means of implementing local achievements.
The mentioned respect was not just for the nature, but it was caring about the beliefs, feelings, costumes and lifestyle of the inhabitants. Architecture in its scenario, since the commencement till now was in struggle to locate itself as the historical image of different styles and in this procedure it updates itself according to different forms, spaces, climates etc. within this frame, when we shift the lens on contemporary architecture of Iran which has got long history and background, the notion of identity becomes one of the main issues on the table. Identity could be discussed in diverse scale starting from human to the society, but when an architect tries to reflect identical phenomena in his/her design there are two contradictory orientations.
Some of them are digging into the history to find clues of identity and reflect them in contemporary design but the other group has got too much radical view which means neglecting of classical architecture and looking for identity in more prospective perspective. The notion of identity and culture could alter from architect to architect, building to building and form to form. This article tries to give some clues and base points in order to bring two mentioned radical perspectives to a kind of mid-point which could possibly be a guideline for the cure of contemporary architecture in Iran.