International Art &
A s s o c i a t i o n
Tehran Conference Manifesto 2010
We, more than 300 Architects, Planners and City Officials and invited
international experts have gathered at the
International Conference Towards New
Architecture in 11-12 November 2010, and are dedicated to
commitment to realizing the goal of holistic sustainable architecture and urban
we as architects and urban professionals,
change and environmental degradation are key concerns, which if left unattended
can have devastating consequences. Appropriate measures need to be
urbanization increases, measures are required to create more livable,
sustainable, affordable and inclusive cities.
curricula, building and planning standards, and construction technologies need
to keep pace with global
sustainability best practices.
as Architects and Urban Professionals, propose the following action
Promote local knowledge of our built
environment based upon our regional context and relevant cultural values
Recognise that climate change is a
real threat and there is a need to develop local level adaptation to support
architecture which incorporates sustainable development and improves
the life of inhabitants.
incorporation into university curricula, regulatory frameworks, professional
practice and the construction industry.
Commit to creating
climatically adaptive, compact, mixed use, socially integrated
neighbourhoods which are
energy and water efficient.
An innovative forward looking architecture.A national
survey of historic urban patterns
and architectural typologies with analysis of their energy and
- Local Anthropological / ethnology
studies to better understand how people relate to their home,
neighbourhood and city.
- A national survey of current patterns of
architecture and urbanism with measured analysis of their energy
efficiency and cultural relevance to the Iranian context.
- A consultative process to determine
solutions to current architectural typologies and urban patterns
regarding key sustainability indicators.
- Strengthening efforts to gather a broad range of
urban indicators on an on-going basis.
- With the support of local and national
government, create awareness on the need for culturally
relevant architectural and building standards, codes and
regulatory frameworks to improve the holistic
sustainably of the built environment.
- Increased networking between universities
and practitioners to bridge the gap between theory and practice
through the mobilization of additional project funds from non-traditional
- Increased collaboration and networking
between urban professionals and architects nationally,
regionally and internationally though organizations such as the
International Art and Architecture Research Association (IAARA).