TEHRAN (Iran News) – Some of the leading experts of contemporary Italian and Iranian architecture, such as Mario Cucinella, met in a hybrid format on January 25 to talk about sustainable architecture and create opportunities for cooperation in the restoration of historical buildings.
The roundtable, organized by the Italian Embassy in Tehran in cooperation with Domus magazine, provided an opportunity to discuss initiatives to safeguard the architectural heritage of both countries.
Among the participants were representatives of Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, as well as of the cities of Teheran, Shiraz, Persepolis and Isfahan. Italian specialized associations, such as Assorestauro and Alliance of Cooperatives, have presented their own know-how and expertise in safeguarding architectural heritage and proposed ways to promote the architectural heritage and make it accessible to the wider public.
In the session dedicated to sustainability, Italian and Iranian architects discussed the new trends in contemporary architecture, focused on optimizing the use of resources, minimizing the impact of climate change, choosing local materials, and involving, whenever possible, local communities.
The panelists have also had the opportunity to share their own experience in the field in the framework of decades-long cooperation between Italy and Iran in the field of architecture and design.
The roundtable on architecture and sustainability is part of a series of events recently promoted by the Italian Embassy in Tehran, focused on architecture and design, such as the video series “Domus Eyes on Iran” and the publication of a special monographic issue dedicated to Iran by Domus in November 2021. On Monday, a preview of the new exhibition “Domus Design – Tehran 2022” was presented at the residence of Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone, in the presence of the Editorial Director of Domus, Walter Mariotti, 47 years after the “Domus Design” exhibition organized by the Milan-based magazine in Tehran in 1975.