Tehran’s Language without a Grammar
Tehran as a city, is like a text which is engaged in and struggles with its own linguistic parts, because in the course of urban design the city has experienced rapid changes. The pre-revolution chair is crystalized and has turned into the modern nostalgia. However, the city never freezes and keeps developing out of order and program. In this structure, the smallest meaningful particle (house) forms the environment. We call this unit “pixel”. When these meaningful units are joined together, bigger groups – thus a bigger image – is formed and in the mega structure, the form of the city which is the order of environment is formed by these. The two aspects of the meaning of the city and the meaning of pixel are not separable.
Elevation or Resolution? That is the Question
A city image is resulted from a cluster system, key concepts of which are summarized in “scale”. Scale in minor to major features of the city is defined as a spectrum which lies between two ends: “legibility of the city” and “architectural approach”. Different scales represent resolutions (defined pixels) different, but part of a bigger image. There is not necessarily a contrast between resolution and variety. Variety can be pleasant, ideal and at the same time, well-defined.