[I] Off-the-ground analysis

2. Neighborhood Analysis through Bavand consulting engineers’ lenses

To summarize, Bavand consulting engineer’s studies funded by the city renovation organization are the latest comprehensive studies of the historic core of Tehran that took place from 2009 to 2014. Reviewing their social, demographic, economic, spatial, transportation, and scattered landscape investigations, provides this research with a comprehensive analysis of the Imamzadeh Yahya neighborhood. From the reproduction of Bavand plans of social and demographic studies, it seems that with the bazaar expansion the neighborhood is failing in being a residential neighborhood and the housing blocks are getting replaced with retail and storage spaces. The same studies indicate that pathways and meeting points for homeless people who are suffering from addiction, is another reason for the population extraction in
the neighborhood. Analyzing the activities in Oudlajan’s four axes shows that while the neighborhood is lacking supermarkets, bakeries, and grocery shops, the economic activities surrounding the neighborhood barely serve the local people. The data extracted from the spatial studies indicate that around fifty percent of valuable buildings in the neighborhood are historical monuments that are not in a good condition and need to be preserved. Imamzadeh Yahya’s transportation maps of Bavand argue that more than half of the pathways in the neighborhood are not suitable for car and motorbike commutation, while the majority of people in the neighborhood are dependent on their cars and motorbikes. Reviewing the landscape maps shows that despite a couple of parks in Imamzadeh Yahya, the neighborhoods lack large-scale public spaces.