Tehran garden festival
5 km / 9 micro-structures
Tehran Garden Festival is an applied research project in partnership with Tehran’s 12th district Municipality and the Art, City and Landscape Festival of Amiens. The project will create a five kilometer walk along the invisible path of Mehrgerd qanat. The walk will be punctuated by nine micro-structures, considered as urban gardens. The project aims to raise awareness for the reappraisal of the qanat system, an ancient irrigation system that still carries water, but is considered archaic today. The gardens address the critical issues of climate change, the depletion of natural resources, and pollution footprint, by making water recycling visible in public space. As new liminal spaces in the city, the gardens will also address questions of heritage, preservation and memory. How can they operate as archetypes for a collective narrative of genius loci by becoming acupuncture points that will heal and revive the capital’s historic core?
***In November 2016 HydroCity created an officious partnership with the 12th district Municipality of Tehran, and the Art, City and Landscape Festival of Amiens for the revival of Tehran’s qanats.
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE FRENCH INSTITUTE, THE FLORA FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE SOUDAVAR FAMILY FOUNDATION, AND BUTANE INDUSTRIAL.