Yazd hosts 1st intl. workshop on ancient architecture

Yazd, Feb 10, IRNA- The historical Iranian city of Yazd is hosting the first international workshop on how to preserve its historical architectural sites.

Yazd Municipality is organising the event called “First International Workshop on Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges” that will run from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 February in both Yazd and the nearby historic town of Fahraj.

Finnish architect and urban planner, Jukka Jokilehto, who is also Special Advisor to the Director General of International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is one the workshop’s international instructors.

Mariana Correia, an International Consultant in World Heritage for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as well as Thierry Joffroy, an architect, researcher and President of the International Centre for Earth Construction are other international instructors of the one-week workshop.

Rasool Vatandoost, who holds a PhD in Conservation Science from University of London, Manijeh Hadian Dehkordi, doctor in Art technology and conservation and restoration of art and cultural objects from HfBK-Dresden, Germany and Mohammad Hassan Talebian, an ICCROM member are among the 13 Iranian instructors that will be participating in this workshop.

The historical city of Yazd was added to UNESCO’s coveted World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 41st session, which took place in the Polish city of Krakow last July.

Almost 200 hectares of the city's 2,270-hectare historical texture now boast world heritage status. Yazd is believed to be the world’s largest inhabited adobe city. The ancient Yazd's old buildings are all built from mud bricks, which provide natural insulation against cold and hot weather and make the city unique.

The central Iranian city dates back almost 5,000 years, and is home to Persian qanats (an ancient system of water supply) as well as Dolat Abad Garden, one of nine Iranian gardens inscribed collectively on the World Heritage List as “the Persian Gardens.”

Yazd is also known for its Zoroastrian fire temples and tall ventilation structures known as badgirs, or wind-shafts, which function as natural air-conditioners in houses and larger buildings and earned the city the nickname The City of Windcatchers.

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