Seyedeh Golriz Behgoo, Provovative Architektur

| 05.11.2012 | 1 |

I am trying to work on Tehran’s architectural image in a critical way. In order to do this I have looked through and researched on the city’s building and urban spaces and I have gathered images which can describe the city’s image.


  1. There is no rule or certain pattern seen through the city’s buildings environments and different kinds of styles have been used in constructions. The city is really crowded and you could not see any harmony.
  2. Using varied colors and materials (also reflective glasses)
  3. Old & modern
  4. Many buildings are in construction

City’s Representatives

Also I am collecting an archive of objects that can be representatives of the city.

  1. Peykan Car
  2. Motorcycles
  3. Stickers: used for advertisement | Governmental Propaganda
  4. Flags
  5. Wall Painting: religious | ideological | Governmental Propaganda OR Graffiti
  6. Mountain
  7. Freedom Monument
  8. Typography and Texts
  9. Bird’s View: Satellite Dishes | Water Coolers
  10. Shop Windows
  11. Cigarettes
Gathered Images fromTehran

Also, I would like to work on the relation between Public and Private spaces and how this can be defined in the city.

I have just started with drawings.

Sketch 1, Azadi(Freedom) Sculpture


Public and Counter publics | Micheal Warner


Homa Delvaray | Graphic Designer


I continued working on Tehran's buildings and achitecture in a fictional way...

Sketch 2
Sketch 3

Sketch 4
Sketch 5


I have started reading "Pages Magazine".

I have found these points interesting:

  1. Invisible walls which defines different spaces in the city. For instance:
    1. Northern Tehran, tehran with wealthy neighborhoods.
    2. Southern Tehran, downtown, tehran with disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  2. Transitional features of places and spaces in Tehran.
  3. The structure of traditional Persian architecture which has been expanded in all over the city.
  4. ‌‌Black color which is ruling in the city which can represent Unity, Anti Diversity, Assimilating Public and Private Spaces.
  5. The controller Eye and the idea of describing Tehran as a prison with only one prison guard.

and I am thinking of using the idea of "Panopticon Architecture" and the structure of "Traditional Persian Architecture" in presenting my ideas and drawings.

wikipedia:Traditional Persian residential architecture


I continued my drawings by creating "ARCHITECTURAL UNITS". Combining these units together provides me with new compositions. It can be called "ARCHITECTURAL SUPER UNITS".

Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Composition1 ( Just an example)


In addition of working on Architectural Units I am trying to use the same structures on photos. These photos are mostly old and belongs to my childhood and past years in Tehran. In these sketches I am insisting on the architecture and I put it infront and against the human features.

Photo Sketch 1

|6| Presentation 18th Dec 2012 |

I assumed a space which there are "Images" on the one side and a "Video" projected on the other side. In between there is a "Reflectetive Glass".

| Images |

1. Floating Buildings

2. Representative Objects

3.Units | Super Units

4.Photo Sketches

  • Here I assumed that they are going to be hang on the wall inside some wooden cells or light boxes.

| Video |

  • By projecting this video on the wall I am following the idea of Panopticon in presenting my ideas about Tehran.
| Reflective Mirror |
  • This should create the condition in which it is not possible to see "the eye" from the "images" point of view but it is possible to see the images from the eye point of view (The controler eye).

|7| Studio installation / Final Presentation |

A BOOK : | TEHRAN Past + Present + Future |

Tehran Past Present Future Book Cover

Inside the book (Some examples):



Here are some of the photos used in installation:


Tehran installation 1.jpg Tehran installation 2.jpg Tehran installation 3.jpg Tehran installation 4.jpg Tehran installation 5.jpg Tehran installation 6.jpg Tehran installation 7.jpg Tehran installation 8.jpg Tehran installation 9.jpg Tehran installation 10.jpg Tehran installation 11.jpg