Great Isfahan Bridge
The aim of this project is to understand the form of structure and Islamic art form of Isfahan bridge and its relationship with the sorrounding landscape. The question that this project addresses is whether or not an old construction has the potential to be a landmark in a city. This is, in the 21st century, a controversial subject in urban design. Surely, not all old structures are in good enough condition to be a landmark in modern urban design. The use of historical buildings as landmarks has been made by many countries, such as France (Les Halles, Paris) and Iran (The Great Bridge, Isfahan region). The Isfahan bridge was built in the mid-17th century and it was constructed as a landmark. It is an aged and multi-functional structure. However, one of the main reasons for analysing the Great Isfahan Bridge is that the bridge has changed over time. The condition of this bridge in the 21st century is significantly different to the original built in the 17th century.
Great Isfahan Bridge is a novel way of conceptualising urban design by bringing together the idea of positioning, structure and performance in urban design. The structure and hydraulic engineering of this bridge are in perfect harmony with the natural substrate and Isfahans geology. For example, the foundations of the bridge play a key role of being an underground dam which provides the underground water tanks for the Isfahan region.