Islamic Azad University West Tehran Branch
Prof. Naghshineh
Bachelor Thesis
SS 2017

Azad Universities have spread all over Iran in the past fourty years. Due to the fast development of these Universiteis, there has been less attention to the qualiy of spaces that they are producing. This project is targetimg Azad University of West-Tehran branch and is trying to provide a recreational space for the students in their free time between their classes. The recreational space is reusing the existing Park that is located in front of the University and is turning it to a cultural center, which is consist of a Co-working space, central library, open workshops, Cafes and galleries.

TU Berlin - Rainer Hehl
Academic Projects, Master design studio II
WS 2018/2019

Team work with Cansu Bulduk

The project is based on a sequence of interconnected open spaces, ’’to find a path along which it would be possible to keep culture moving in the midst of ideological confusion and violence.’’ The sequence ‘’opens when one of its terms has no solitary
antecedent and closes when another of its terms has no consequences.’’ It is an ‘’autonomous zone’’ for encounter and dialogue. A place of heterogeneity and conflict, inclusive of contradictions/ oppositions. It acts as a microcosm where opposing elements/ values co-exist/ overlap.

TU Berlin - Philipp Misselwitz
Master design studio III
WS 2019/2020
Team work with Sinali Ratan Lal, Daniel Satyo Platon, Serdar Ayvaz, Johanna Koeck

Migration, gentrification, inequalityand isolation are one of the multitude existential challenges that our societies are faced with. To change the perspective towards an alternative sustainable future, it is necessary that social cohesion approached in an interdisciplinary way.  Our investigation of the Campus Charlottenburg proposes to read the different
actors and disciplinesinvolved in the process of social cohesion around three themes: Learning from nature, Strengthening communties and Alternate economic model. Better network, communication and understanding are crucial.The Citizen Science Pavilion will be a medium for them and a new gateway to the city.

Reconstructing the change, designing a toolbox of strategies
TU Berlin - Angela Million,  Vesta Nele Zareh
Master’s thesis 
WS/SS 2021/22

1. Development of Tehran’s historic cor

Since the 1930s, the sudden growth of Tehran caused a break in the continuous process of physical and spatial change of the cities from the past and 50 years later from the entry of apartments into the cities of Iran. Following Tehran’s bipolar expansion the historic core of the city cannot follow up the fast transformations and as a result, convert into a
decayed texture that few people are willing to live in. The next chapter is dealing with the status quo and the challenges of the historic core of Tehran and a closer look at the Imamzadeh Yahya neighborhood that still has the highest proportion of the residential population, while the other neighborhoods surrounding the Bazaar developed into an extension of the bazaar.

2. Imamzadeh Yahya’s status quo & challenges

Imamzadeh Yahya is one of the five main neighborhoods located in the historic core of Tehran, while the other three districts surrounding Bazaar are functioning as a space back up to Bazaar, Imamzadeh Yahya serves the highest residential population. After the unbalanced expansion of Tehran, Imamzadeh Yahya faced challenges such as migration of its original population, impermeability and traffic problems, degradation of the social environment, and improper infrastructure that makes the neighborhood the less preferable area to live in. However, walking through the alleys of the neighborhood, we realize that Imamzadeh Yahya, unlike other neighborhoods in Tehran, still has the social capital of solidarity among  the residents. Additionally, its central location next to
the grand bazaar of Tehran and metro stations, opens up the research question: What are the potential future developments of Imamzadeh Yahya that consider residents’ relationship with their historic neighborhood? Complexities of the challenges in Imamzadeh Yahya need a broader range of actions that not only considers the spatial and social threats but also contribute to the cultural aspects of the neighborhood. Acknowledging the sociopolitical conditions of the context and the bureaucratic outcomes for the neighborhood up to here suggests the need for a method that allows a decision-making process with the involvement of the local citizens and this is the topic that the next chapter is digging deeper into.