[II] On-the-ground investigations

2. Findings 

To summarize, there are housing typologies in the historic core of Tehran that show people’s traditional lifestyle of living around the courtyards. Following the modernization of the city, this lifestyle has changed but the space has remained. Excursion to the neighborhood and visiting a couple of housing blocks resulted in four main categories of housing typologies, based on how their spaces are used: Family housing, commercial housing, mixed-use housing, abandoned housing, and slum housing.
This classification has helped the research in creating an overview of the housing condition in the neighborhood and identifying the urgency of action. This urgency based on the observations is more evident in the slum housing blocks that started to grow in the neighborhood with the expansion of Bazaar. The courtyard in these housings is a place to

collect garbage and creates insecurity among the neighbors. Furthermore, the excursion resulted in findings on the neighborhood’s challenges such as forgotten heritage monuments and lack of art and culture, mono-functionality, the abandoned character of Imamzadeh Yahya, Ineffective public space, and mobility. The excursion to the neighborhood helped in the further development of the research project in two ways: Firstly, it was helpful to have a better understanding of the status quo by walking on the streets and talking to people. This status quo is different than the one in analyzing Bavand’s maps of the neighborhood. Secondly, it was effective to realize that the neighborhood has all that a neighborhood has all the resources but rather needs a process to activate and redirect them.