Rethinking the Infra- Culture space

bridging, providing, enhancing

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Abstract

Mashhad has been geopolitically an important city in the region and a trade and connection hub to Central and East Asian countries. It is also the second-largest Muslim pilgrimage city after Mecca. It is a global city for which religion shaped the identity and influenced the spatial configuration of the city.

Religion, politics and economics are the main forces which run the city and have not only affected the growth and development of the whole city but are involved in the shift toward a large-scale infrastructure, which has become a dominant idea of city planning during the last few centuries.

Overlapping the flows and its agencies reveals that district six is the logistic hub and the entrance to the city, it encounters both scales regional and local, therefore it is the site of intervention.

Mapping the different flows, spaces and everyday life reveals that the big infrastructure is informed, and has strong connectivity with its surrounding region however it creates discontinuous relationships on the local scale, the local scale is neglected. moreover, its main spaces are economic driving, and the marginal settlement, are result of this spaces.
People are vulnerable society, they have access only to groundwater due to technical problems associated with expansion of the system in marginal areas, groundwater is highly contaminated.

The project aims to bridge not only physically but also socially culturally and environmentally. It is located within the infrastructure node (Ghadir square) transferring its space into Hybrid spaces which have multifunctional use, inhabiting the infrastructure space and transforming its spaces into places. Its atmosphere encounters both natural and urban, regional and local.
The main emphasis is on the water, driving from the research, the project is an assemblage of different function water filtration system, metro, market, educational centre, parking and communal spaces, each function with its own individual character has its border and territorial scale but all are connected to the central park and water tank.

Creating neighbourhood identities based on their distinctive interrelationship with water.