Restorative Environments Regeneration: A Solution for Equality and Refuge 

Best Project of Public Space by Student

About the project
This project focuses on creating restorative environments in Tehran's Kan district for Afghan refugees who have improvised shelters in areas lacking municipal services. By conducting interviews with the refugees residing in Kan, the project identifies significant challenges including psychological stress, gender discrimination, economic hardship, public health issues, social inequality, homelessness, stray dogs, and the lack of recreational spaces for children. The project proposes contextually sensitive and financially feasible interventions in public spaces, community centers, housing, and infrastructure that prioritize equality by creating inclusive spaces for marginalized communities within the Afghan diaspora. Participatory design processes are used to engage both refugees and local stakeholders in the preparation of design solutions. Overall, the project aims to create a sustainable and inclusive society by improving the lives of Afghan immigrants in Tehran's Kan district.

Kan District of Tehran, Iran

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Reza Farhadi, Maryam Noroozi, Majid Aghazadeh, Abdolhamid Aalihosseini, Amir Rahsaz: «Our team of five graduate students from the University of Tehran worked together for 11 months on a workshop project in architecture collaborating with Faculty Advisors from the university and the architecture council. Our team consisted of students from various related fields, including architecture and landscape architecture. We utilized our expertise to create a collaborative project that we hope will benefit architects, and designers worldwide.»

Author of the project
Reza Farhadi, Maryam Noroozi, Majid Aghazadeh, Abdolhamid Aalihosseini, Amir Rahsaz

Status of the project
Conceptual design