Hidden Design and Open-ended Master Plan as Principles for the Ongoing Design Process: The Pattern of an Urban Spine—The Bazaar of Isfahan

By Misagh Mottaghi.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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The main product of urban design is the master plan that any project is built according to its information. A project which is still successful in its role in spite of passing time for sure has the ability to adapt itself to the changes happened through the cities and respond to the user’s needs. This ability to adapt shows nothing but the existence of hidden layers in a master plan. These layers contain some principles, and result in an endless design process, and make it timeless. In this research, the aforementioned principles are defined as hidden potentials, and their abilities are recognized as tools. All these issues were analyzed and surveyed in a pattern of a dynamic urban structure, the bazaar of Isfahan, as a sample of an urban spine, and the main pulse of the city, from different aspects, by keeping its original identity throughout centuries. In the next stage of this research, the researcher tries to study all kinds of stimulations and names them as hidden hands, which play a key role in activating the hidden potentials. The outcome is what the researcher introduces as the ongoing design process which results in adaptation of the design to its context.

Keywords: Hidden Design, Open-ended Master Plan, Urban Spine, Timeless Design, Potential, Stimulation, Context, Outcome

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.602MB).

Misagh Mottaghi

Student, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Lund, Skane, Sweden

Misagh Mottaghi received her Masters of Architecture in Jan. 2009 from Azad University Khorasgan in Isfahan, Iran. She worked on her thesis “The Embryonic Continuity in Architecture (Designing of the New Age Museum)” for almost three years. Her thesis was about a phenomenological approach in the theory of architecture to discover a relationship between the space creation abilities in the human body replication system and architecture. She worked for several years in well-known architecture firms in Iran and also worked as a self-employed architect. She has the experience of teaching for 4 semesters in three Azad universities on the Naien, Khorasgan and Najaf Abad campuses in Iran. She was a professional swimmer. She moved to Sweden in Aug 2010 to study in the masters of sustainable urban design program. She participated in 2 competitions in Iran and 3 workshops in Sweden and China. She is interested in doing research about the relationship between different fields and architecture, as she believes architecture is about everything.