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Persian Historic Urban Landscapes

Interpreting and Managing Maibud over 6000 Years

Eisa Esfanjary

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The first urban study of the Iranian city of Maibud over its 6000-year history

Persian cities are part of a corridor of civilisation with settlements straddling thousands of years. Taking Maibud as a case study, Eisa Esfanjary traces the evolution of ancient settlements chronologically, thematically and methodologically.

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Glossary
List of Illustrations

PART ONE: CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
1. Introduction
2. Intellectual Boundaries
3. Urban Morphology

PART TWO: CASE STUDY: MAIBUD
4. Maibud’s Historic Urban Landscape
5. Town Plan
6. Building Type and Layering Processes
7. Materiality

PART THREE: SYNTHESIS
8. Interpretations and Conclusion

Bibliography

About the Author

Eisa Esfanjary is currently an Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Conservation at the Art University of Isfahan. His interests are principally concerned with: the historical development and evolution of towns and cities and understanding the underlying pattern of formation and transformation; how a particular settlement is structured and how it has matured; what features have been changed over time and what elements have been sustained in the urban landscape; and how best we can preserved what we have inherited.

Reviews

'This is an ambitious and pioneering study of the evolution of an Iranian desert city over the millennia, enlivened by a deep understanding of its social context, the changing structural imperatives at work and the adaptability of brick as a building material.'

- Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh

An original and exciting contribution to the history of the Iranian city. The author shows how much can be learned about changing styles of housing and urban planning in a discussion that is scholarly, but at the same time easy to read and understand. Everyone interested in the history and development of towns in Iran will certainly need to read it.

- Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

'This is the first work on Iranian cities that combines both a long run account of development and a micro level of analysis.'

- Richard Rodger, University of Edinburgh

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