Using The Redefinition Of Iranian Architecture Terminologies In Designing Residences

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Amin Khadam Shariye Samani


The question is “How can the terminologies in Iranian architecture be investigated from a modern architectural
perspective?” This study aimed to answer this question from a post-structuralist philosophical perspective. The study
methodology to answer the question was to investigate the language of Iranian architecture in the structural philosophy, as a structural pattern can be used to analyze Iranian architecture, understand its semantic units and syntactical rules, and finally help discover its linguistic structure. From a structuralist perspective, the statistical population of Iranian architectural concepts can be divided into four elements based on their scales and functions. These elements include construction materials, components, spatial organs, and urban organs. Now, to understand the spatial structure of Iranian architecture, its spatial organs and combined rules are analyzed, and these terms are deconstructed to achieve a new definition of architectural terminologies. The outcome of this study was to redefine spatial patterns to familiarize with the language of this architecture, which helps develop a method to deal with concerns about how to use those patterns in the design process; this is like learning the vocabulary and the syntactical rules of any other language, which helps the learner to apply them to daily speeches based on his tastes. In other words, the outcome of post-structuralism in Iranian architecture is to teach a designer the sense of space or some spatial patterns such as courtyards, etc. based on design conditions, such as climate, and to help him use these patterns if necessary.

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Amin Khadam Shariye Samani

Department of Architecture, Qazvin branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran,