Date : April 24
Source: Fars & Tavoos
At the closing ceremony of Mirmiran 6th architectural memorial and award, Mohsen Habibi, selected as the lasting figure of Iranian architects last year (2011) said:
Iranian Architecture in synthesis with water, wind, earth, vegetation and light turns to a poem, and that’s why one should be both a poet and a mystic to understand it.
Considering the subject of this term of Mirmiran memorial and award Wind, Architecture and Soil, Habibi further said in this relation that the basic elements Water, Wind, Earth and Vegetation together with the eternal element of Light have always been intertwined with the ancient Iranian Khosravani Wisdom continued in Islamic wisdom of enlightenment (hekmat eshraq). Iranian Architecture is inseparable from natural elements, being in harmony with the murmuring of water, whispering of wind, together with soil, rock, color, light and the taste of plants.
In Iranian philosophy earth symbolizes matter which absorbs light and in combination with water becomes the symbol of creation and regeneration. Architecture takes root in the earth and rises to the heavens. Water is the symbol of life, mirroring reality and idealism. Water defines the spirit of the space and our architecture is full of dialogue between reality and idealism.
Wind is the symbol of motion and movement covering a spectrum from breeze to hurricane. Vegetation is the symbol of life, growth and fertility and all these elements in combination with Iranian architecture compose a poem which lasts in time.
At the end of his speech Habibi said: Iranian architecture is a symbol of joy, vivacity, contentment and auspiciousness which combine with the basic elements and light in the mind of the architect.
Iraj Entezam and Darab Diba were two other speakers of this ceremony commemorating Hadi Mirmiran in whose memory this award is founded.
Mirmiran 6th architectural memorial and award was held on 23 April at Iranian Artists Forum.
61 works covering the subject Architecture and Wind and 83 works covering Architecture and Soil have been sent to the secretariat judged by the jury with the following members: Iraj Etesam, Darab Diba, Aliakbar Saremil, Seyed Alireza Qahari, Shahab Katouzian, Abbas Kiarostami, Hamid Mirmiran and Faryar Javaherian. Out of 15 works selected, 6 were at the end finalized and received their award at the end of the closing ceremony. From next year Mirmiran memorial and award will be held on an international scale.
Mirmiran Architectural Foundation established in the memory of Seyed Hadi Mirmiran, the prominent architect leaving many lasting works in his four decades of active life presents yearly awards on the anniversary of his departure to keep his memory alive.