User-based analysis of re-functioning of cultural heritage: two cases from Kashan/Iran /

Mashhadi, Keyvan
Mansions of central Iranian plateau share common definitions that encapsulates introversion architecture, extended family system, religious vista through life and extravagance comfort. This module has been continuing for several hundred years until the early days of 20th century modernism, when, by growth of population, and reformations in context of society, definitions and spirituality of traditional lifestyle and traditional family have been changed. Subsequently, so-called Iranian houses have gradually been outdated to the extent of being unused. The mansions that are occupied today by several organizations or individuals, are far away from their original purpose, and are being used under different functions. They are the only alive examples which demonstrate lifestyle, Iranian residential architecture, and carry intangible asset of houses of central Iranian plateau. This thesis aims to analyze and evaluate new functions of the mansion from users' point of view by surveying individuals who work in mansions or use them, and expert observations from conservation standards and spectra. Literal background and ideas, geographical features of the region, aspects and characteristics of Iranian houses, and concepts behind surveying will be discussed to emerge necessary material for theoretical assessment of successes and failures of re-functioning the residential heritages. It aims to browse how re-functioning helps to keep intangible value of Iranian houses alive?  
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K. Mashhadi, “User-based analysis of re-functioning of cultural heritage: two cases from Kashan/Iran /,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2016.