• A projection into the ideas and technologies of "non-place" and "space of flow" in urban context
  • Proiezione di un`idea e tecnologie di non-luogo e "spazio dei flussi" nei contesti urbani
  • Maeiyat, Mohammad Mehdi <1980>


  • ICAR/14 Composizione architettonica e urbana


  • The meaning of a place has been commonly assigned to the quality of having root (rootedness) or sense of belonging to that setting. While on the contrary, people are nowadays more concerned with the possibilities of free moving and networks of communication. So, the meaning, as well as the materiality of architecture has been dramatically altered with these forces. It is therefore of significance to explore and redefine the sense and the trend of architecture at the age of flow. In this dissertation, initially, we review the gradually changing concept of "place-non-place" and its underlying technological basis. Then we portray the transformation of meaning of architecture as influenced by media and information technology and advanced methods of mobility, in the dawn of 21st century. Against such backdrop, there is a need to sort and analyze architectural practices in response to the triplet of place-non-place and space of flow, which we plan to achieve conclusively. We also trace the concept of flow in the process of formation and transformation of old cities. As a brilliant case study, we look at Persian Bazaar from a socio-architectural point of view. In other word, based on Robert Putnam's theory of social capital, we link social context of the Bazaar with architectural configuration of cities. That is how we believe "cities as flow" are not necessarily a new paradigm.


  • 2013-06-03


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Maeiyat, Mohammad Mehdi (2013) Proiezione di un`idea e tecnologie di non-luogo e "spazio dei flussi" nei contesti urbani, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Architettura , 25 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/5335.