International Summerschool

THE CITY THAT LOST ITS RIVER

The city that lost it's river

Issue

The water no longer flows through Isfahan. The Zayandeh rud which crosses the city is now practically dry, its course being diverted in the 2000s to irrigate arable land upstream of the city. Only a trickle of water passes through the arches of the Allahverdi Khan bridge in winter.

We will first try to understand the fabulous irrigation system - which allowed this garden city to spread out like a paradise on a desert and hostile plateau by seeking water in the mountains - but we will analyze especially the very specific and contemporary role of this ornamental river wishing to be taken as a significant river. The development  of the Zayandeh rud - whose width of the bed is artificially amplified when it runs through the city - testifies to the importance of a real hydraulic scenography. Its bridges are equipped with a device of  embellishment  that combines dams and wavebreakers forming a fan shape and allows retaining the water table through eddies in order to amplify and bring the image of an untameable liquid mass in motion to its paroxysm. Some of these seventeenth-century bridges - similar to genuine open-air public lounges - could be compared to Chenonceau, the Chateau-Pont de Diane in Poitier and its large gallery  constructed on the Cher.


Objectives

What to do ? Go back ? Consider other strategies? Transforming the river bed into a green flow dotted here and there with water mirrors and setting up large cultural programs as the urban planners of Valencia and Santiago Calatrava did after the diversion of the impetuous Turia by General Franco  following the great deadly flood of 1957. Study the examples of other cities: Nantes and its course of the 50 Otages set up on the former bed of Erdre between 1930 and 1940 or Sao Paulo whose metallic bridges of the nineteenth century now overlook flows of automobiles and trucks.

ADMISSION




Registration procedures
Pre-registration on-line before June 15, 2017 accompanied by a cover letter, CV & press book
(maximum ten A4 pages)
Registration before July 15, 2017, subject to admission and payment of registration fees
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Number of places
120 participants (maximum)
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Duration
8 days
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Location
Art University of Isfahan ( historical monument)
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Registration fees
500 euros
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Languages
English (official language), Persian anf French  (secondary languages)
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Final Outcome
Tour of exhibition of works  + Print and electronic publication
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Certificates
A Certificate of Participation will be issued by the partners of the Summer School to each student subject to the validation of their presence and actual work by the teachers.
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Ramin Madani,Phd
Ramin Madani,PhdExecution Manager
Mohamad Amin Emami,Phd
Mohamad Amin Emami,PhdInternational Relations Manager
Saied Ahmad Nahvi
Mahdi Arzhmand
mostafa kiani,phd
mostafa kiani,phdhead of aui & COMMITTEE
rasoul bidram,phd
rasoul bidram,phdexecution manager
ms.mahbobeh yeganehoffice manager
Danial Amourizi
Marzieh Fattahi
mahmoud ghalenoi,phd
mahmoud ghalenoi,phdScience Manager
eng.sina abedi
eng.sina abedicoordiantion manager
Shayan Ghavidast
Amin Mahdavi

honorary professors

Francis Rambert
Francis Rambert
Patrick Berger
Patrick Berger

foreign Professors

Richard Scoffier
Richard Scoffier
Professor (responsible)-ENSA-Versailles
Maria Theodorou
Maria Theodorou
Professor-Leeds Beckett Univ.
Bérénice Gaussuin
Bérénice Gaussuin
ENSA-Paris Malaquais
Matthias Armengaud
Matthias Armengaud
Professor-ENSA-Versailles
Rafael A. Balboa
Rafael A. Balboa
The University of Tokyo
Jean-Francois Coulais
Jean-Francois Coulais
Professor-ENSA-Versailles

Tehran Universities Professors

Full Professor seyyed Mohsen Habibi
Full Professor seyyed Mohsen Habibi
University of Tehran
Full Professor Mostafa Behzadfar
Full Professor Mostafa Behzadfar
University of science and industry
Assitance Professor Alireza Mostaghni
Assitance Professor Alireza Mostaghni
Art Univesity

PROGRAM

Tuesday, August 22
9:30-12:30 : Reception of participants
14:30-18:30 : Visit to Isfahan
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Wednesday, August 23
9:30-10:30 :Opening speech
10:30-12:30 : Launch of workshop & Conference held by Richard Scoffier
14:30-18:30 : Workshop
18:30-20:00 : Concert
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Thursday, August 24
9:30-18:30 : Workshop
18:30-20:00 : Conference
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Friday, August 25
9:30-18:30 : Workshop
18:30-20:00 : Conference
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Saturday, August 26
9:30-18:30 : Workshop
18:30-20:00 : Conference
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Sunday, August 27
9:30-18:30 : Workshop
18 :30-20:00 : Pre-rendering in the presence of all participants
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Monday, August 28
9:30-20:00 : Workshop
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Tuesday, August 29
9:30-20 :00 : Workshop
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Wednesday, August 30
9:30-20:00 : Exhibition of all works and final jury
19:00-21:30 : Round table and closing speech
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PARTNERS

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