From the 1960s, Iran, like many other similar countries experienced a radical urban expansion and industrialization, chiefly as a result of the expanding oil industry. Internal migration fueled by industrialization created both a crisis of habitation and a cultural dissonance, in response to which various schemes were developed for model communities, intended to bridge the gap between Iranian culture, its heritage and modern urbanism. We will examine one such ‘model community’, New Shushtar, a housing complex adjacent to the ancient heritage town of Shushtar, in which architectural motifs and images were used to evoke and perhaps invoke authentic traditional life. We will place this complex within the broader context in the Muslim world of attempts to defend regional culture from the effects of globalization.
|Title of host publication||The Making of Islamic Heritage|
|Subtitle of host publication||Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Name||Heritage Studies in the Muslim World|