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Reconstruction Bam, Iran
I'm working on the reconstruction of Bam, living in a tent in Bam and far away from any library. But with an email. Does anybody have some information on the typology of traditional private houses in this region. If yes, please send me some drawings as small as possible, as my server is pretty slow. thanks in advance
Tom
Tom Schacher
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Reconstruction Bam, Iran
Tom, I will try to find some information for you at MIT and send it as an email
attachment. There are 12 images on ArchNet of the Citadel and surrounds. I am sure that our members from Iran can provide some information.

Shiraz Allibhai
Reconstruction Bam, Iran
Hi Tom,

This is such an exciting opportunity for on-line collaboration! Wow. I am amazed at how crucial and useful the Internet could be.

ArchNet currently has 6 images of Bam, but they all depict the Citadel and do not reflect any residential typology. I will try browsing in MIT's Rotch Architecture and Planning Library & Visual Collections and see what I can find.

I'll be in touch!

Best,

Chikako Sassa
Reconstruction Bam, Iran
Hi Tom,

Are you working on the new city of Bam or the old one?

I think that the typology of the houses in Kerman is very similar to the houses in Bam. So, we can find some information on the traditional houses of Kerman; it seems much easier.

Best,
Mohammad Gharipour
Mohammad Gharipour
Reconstruction Bam, Iran
Hi Tom,
I am working on relief and rehabilitation of Bam too, but at this stage we are not trying to revitalize or rebuild the city without a new master plan and urban design. but it would be good to have a general idea about what has been destroyed to grasp an idea. I will certainly took it up in the architectural library in Tehran, but you might also find something in the Ministry of Housing and Urbanization's website, of Kerman state, where Bam is located in: http://krm.hud.ir/ but unfortunately the website is only in Farsi.

The Ministry of Housing and individual researchers have published several books upon the architecture in that region and we are actually rich in documents, it just might be be easy to access for someone without speaking Farsi and the right connections as you might know access to information in Iran, and in Middle East in general is not as easy as south asia or the rest of asia. What I do know is that the typology of buildings in hot-arid areas in Iran are more or less the same, and in this type of cities, individual buiding serve as a unit in a complex to develop the urban networks, access routes and survive the climatatic conditions. You might want to contact proffesor Mahmoud Tavassoli in Tehran University, Department of Fine Arts, who has conducted extended suveys on urban design and residential design in hot-arid areas in, he is a very helpful person or Hosein Soltanzade in Islamic Azad University, Tehran, architecture department but I am not sure whether they speak English or not. What I can offer as an Iran based architect and urban revitalizer is to search out for the housing typologies and let you know about my findings but i am almost sure they will hardly be any digital information.

The Ministry of HUD, and the Cultural Heritage Organization have published a book called: "New Life, Old Structure" which is a collection of valuable structures some of which are in Bam, such as the Ansari House, there you would find the plans and photos of this building but also many more in the region with similar climate as i believe the typology of traditional housing would be simliar in Bam, Kerman, Yazd and ect. I will upload two pictures that i have but the actuall size of the files are about ten times bigger. Dont hesitate to contact me if you need the actual size, phone numbers or if I can be of any assistance.
Hani Abtahi Baker
Reconstruction Bam, Iran
Sorry to all who answered my mail request. I had been looking for your answers for quite a while, but couldn't find them. Today, more that 19 months later, I found them by chance, by typing 'reconstrution Bam Iran' into google. I had now idea that our discussion had been put into the file 'seeking advice'. Anyway, I'm not in Bam anymore. Left in October 2004. Thanks nevertheless for your help.
REgards
Tom
Tom Schacher
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