Fading Out the Sematic Dimension of Street in Iran (from the Ancient Times to Today)

Document Type : Research Article


1 University of Tehran

2 Member of Science Committee, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


May the street be full of the belles always
Because this integrity comes second to her beauty
Statement of problem: priority of thought over the language or priority of language over thought has always been one of the challenging discussions among the thinkers; but the mutual effect of these two on each other is agreed upon by everyone. In other words, the strong civilizations produce words, and the words make culture. Therefore, having a deep knowledge about the words used in different scientific fields such as urban studies, leads to the increasing the importance of their role in space production. The city, as one of the most important manifestations of human civilization, enjoys some primary elements which street is one of them. In Iran’s cities, “street” with its modern day concept, is rather new that despite its ancient history, the new use of which dates back to the contemporary2 era. This research aims to interpret and classify the conceptual-formal evolution of street in the history of Iran’s cities through analytical study of historical documents, and ontological question of street.
Purpose: the main purpose of the research is explaining and categorizing the evolution of street.
Research method: the current research is a historical-analytical one that classifies the similarities and distinctions of street application in post-Islam Iran’s history.
Conclusion: street plays a conceptual role in formation of cities in Iran’s history, but in the contemporary era, with fade-out of its semantic aspect, it has downgraded to only the form.


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