Shiraze-ye Ketab-e Ma is the publisher of ''Development, Architecture, and the Formation of Heritage in Late Twentieth-Century Iran: A Vital Past''.

Originally published by Manchester University press in 2020, the book has been translated by Vahid Musavi-Davar.

This book analyzes the use of the past and the production of heritage through architectural design in the developmental context of Iran, a country that has endured radical cultural and political shifts in the past five decades.

Offering a trans-disciplinary approach toward the complex relationship between architecture, development and heritage, Mozaffari and Westbrook suggest that transformations in developmental contexts like Iran must be seen in relation to global political and historical exchanges, as well as the specificities of localities.

The premise of the book is that development has been a globalizing project that originated in the West. 

Transposed into other contexts, this project instigates a renewed historical consciousness and imagination of the past. 

The authors explore the rise of this consciousness in architecture, examining the theoretical context of the debates, international exchanges made in architectural congresses in the 1970s, the use of housing as the vehicle for everyday heritage, and forms of symbolic public architecture that reflect monumental time.

Born in Iran, Mozaffari is a Research Associate at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia. 

He studied architecture at the University of Tehran and has extensive experience in architecture and urban design in Iran and Australia. 

His research interests include the anthropology of place, urban aesthetics, the Islamic city and museums and heritage.

Westbrook is an architectural historian, lecturer and deputy head at UWA’s School of Design. 

He specializes in the architectural crossroads between West and East, from the early medieval to the 20th century.

Source:Tehran Times