Tehran, Inside Out

What defines a smart city? The fluent transmission of information? The level of awareness of what happens in its multiple layers of life/data? The way such data is being analyzed and makes feedback? An online correlation between goods, services, energies and people? These are all valid phenomena for a smart city but how such city would interact with its citizens in their day-to-day lives, for their feelings and emotions? How such city would communicate with people’s “Joy” or “Sadness”? How “Anger”, “Fear” or even “Disgust” is going to be observed and reflected back? What if our future smart cities could feel us, and reflect our collective emotions?

Tehran Inside Out is a step towards that level of smartness and believes that a city could have interactions with its citizens emotionally, measure it and reflect it back to their lives. A city would be a much nicer place to live if it accommodates devices that could reflect such interactions with its people. Tehran Inside Out will focus on such program with two main agendas: While at first, the gathering, transforming, analyzing and post processing the desired data needs lots of techniques and technologies, the output devices are also equally important and are going to be digitally designed and fabricated for public spaces. Designing such system would both digitally and physically is the agenda which is going to be discovered at GSS Tehran 2017.



The course will be taught by tutors from different fields structured in two subsequent phases. Over the first week of the workshop, computational design systems will be introduced in a series of intensive ‘tooling-up’ sessions as the basis for investigating associative design concepts and methodologies. The aim of these design exercises is to introduce expertise in open-source technologies. In a second stage of the workshop, students will develop design proposals responding to studio briefs focusing on developing new models of urban evolution.



Mehran Davari is an Architect, Researcher and educator based in Tehran, Iran. With a background in interdisciplinary mathematical / architectural studies, he graduated with a Masters degree in Emergent Territories from Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in 2013. His research focuses on emerging technologies in design and fabrication, cross platform knowledge in art and architecture, computational and generative design and interdisciplinary architectural practices.

He is the co-founder of TehranCRAFT as an annual experimental collaborative project, focused on adaptive fabrication scenarios

In 2015, he founded TEHRAN PLATFORM for experiential design and fabrication, a project space for multi-disciplinary design, new and emerging architecture, fabrication technologies and Material behavior system developments.


Architect, Researcher and Writer, studied Master of Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) at Architectural Association (AA) London, after studies at IAUM for BSc and Master of Architecture (MArch) with Honors. He has taught and lectured in UK, France and Iran, as well as AAVS in Tehran and Lyon. He published papers, researches but most widely e-publications of ‘Generative Algorithms’, as a series of e-books, which are design-research mediums in the field of algorithmic architecture and digital fabrication using Grasshopper. He is the co-founder of TehranCRAFT as an annual experimental collaborative project, focused on adaptive fabrication scenarios. Investigations of ‘Digital Casting’ of architecture via Computation, ‘Algorithmic’ solutions for complex design agendas and (Adaptive-) Fabrication Intelligence, are his current fields of research as a PhD researcher in Singapore University of Technology and Design and in his ‘Laboratory of Algorithmic Architecture’ [morphogenesism].


Mani is an artist, programmer and musician from Tehran, Iran who lives and works in New York.
He earned his MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design in 2013 and has worked in the intersection of art & computation since.
He has contributed to the Open Source Software community, has exhibited his works of new media, video, photography and drawing in Iran, U.S., Canada, Australia & Indonesia.
He has taught at Parsons School of Design & The New Centre for Research and practice. In his practice, he examines the notions of memory, place and displacement.


Esmaeil Mottaghi

Is an Architect, researcher and computational designer based in Tehran, Iran. He graduated with master’s degree in computational design from University of Tehran (UT) and has several experiences as an expert for digital manufacturing and as teaching assistant at university of Tehran and Pars University in field of computational design. Also he has been tutor/director in multiple digital fabrication and algorithmic design workshops organized by Tehran university, Iranian architecture center and memaraneh group.
He is the co-founder of PARAGEN as a platform for finding digital solutions in design process and fabrication. His main research interests are integration of design process and other interactive platforms.
He has been guest lecturer in Amirkabir University of Technology and Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University of Tehran.

Niloofar Najafi

Niloofar studied Architectural Engineering at Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran) and is currently a graduate student at Tehran University with a field of study being Computational Design. From the Early stage of her academic practices, she was looking for more trans-disciplinary approaches towards architectural design by working on the intersection of architecture and digital technologies. She is now attending workshops and academic courses as teacher assistant, while developing her master thesis, focusing on Urban Revitalization of informal settlements with a focus on agent-based approaches.



Platform 28 was founded in Tehran in 2015 as a non-profit multidisciplinary platform for art, design and architecture which creates links between Iranian and international designers, through diverse range of projects. Almost as big as a shipping container, Platform 28 is a multifunctional apparatus that constantly changes from one function to another. These functions often vary from an exhibition space to a library or a workshop and the spatial transformation is made possible by means of mobile units.

 Platform 28’s interest is to find an architectural language in four specific categories: The built environment; the visual arts; wearables; and product design. These categories are curated according to our seasonal themes. Our main objective is to render architecture as a multidisciplinary field with many ways of expression that is not limited to the design of buildings and cities only.

Address: No.28 | Khaghani St | Boor Boor St | Dr.Mofateh St S |Haft-e-Tir Square


IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, arts, etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required.After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about current urban innovative strategies. Moreover, they will become familiar with data visualization and the use of digital fabrication in the urban intervention.

The fee is 700 euro for the Tehran GSS and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee is required. Flight tickets, accommodation and food are not included in the fee. The fee for student with valid student ID is 550 euro

Non Iranian applicants should be aware that a visa may be required. Each participant is responsible to investigate what documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin.


In order to register to the Global Summer School, participants need to submit the online application form, where they will be asked to upload a letter of intent and a CV. Portfolio is not required. The applications are open until the 26th of June 2017.