Introduction – Development, architecture, and heritage
The formation of a collective imagination
in Development, architecture, and the formation of heritage in late twentieth-century Iran
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This chapter foregrounds the driving argument of the book, that development prompts divergent forms of historical consciousness, which in turn inform, among other things, the theory and practice of architecture. The product of this consciousness, and its various forms of expressions through design, is a kind of heritage. Therefore, there is a nexus between development, design, and heritage, one that has remained hitherto neglected. It justifies the significance of the period under discussion and provides a brief survey of the terrain of architectural thought and scholarship in the 1970s and at present. Referring to existing literature, the chapter identifies the lacuna to which the book responds, especially in heritage studies and architecture. The chapter also provides sufficient historical and theoretical background and identifies core motifs such as tradition and nostalgia, which are addressed in the rest of the book and underpin analyses of each chapter. The chapter concludes by outlining the logic of the book and the description of chapters.

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