Modernity and Life: From Culture and Arts to Cities and City Planning

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Restaurant, located at 5915 Balboa Ave, San Diego 92111

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Summary: The Iranian society has gone through significant transformations in the last one hundred years, called the times of modernity. These transformations have impacted various aspects of life in the arenas of culture, social attitude, literature, cinema, theater and arts, among others. Urbanism, cities, and architecture have been an integral part of the social and cultural life in Iran. Understanding these infrastructural transformations is essential for grasping what has transpired in the society and different aspects of modern life from thoughts to arts, architecture and city planning in Iran. This lecture will provide an overview of the Iranian modernity, societal features, thoughts, tradition and identity; excerpts of the history of cities and architecture; various aspects of the discourse of urban design and city planning; and development of neighborhoods and towns, politics, and public utilization of urban and architectural space. 

This lecture will provide an overview of the Iranian modernity, societal features, thoughts, tradition and identity; excerpts of the history of cities and architecture; various aspects of the discourse of urban design and city planning; and development of neighborhoods and towns, politics, and public utilization of urban and architectural space. 
Speech Language: Persian

Speaker: 
Dr. Ali A. Kiafar

Ali A. Kiafar, PhD, REFP, holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from University of Southern California. He has four decades of experience in professional practice and university teaching in the areas of architecture, urban development, and educational facilities planning and design. His professional experience includes both private and public sectors including three decades of top executive positions in the public education system in California. He has taught at the University of Southern California and University of California – Riverside, starting in 1980. 

Dr. Kiafar has received several academic and professional awards including Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of California - Riverside, and Best Community Development Award from the American Institute of Architects

Ali Kiafar has been a member of various professional organizations, research institutions, and literary, cultural and humanistic endeavors. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and books in the areas of city planning, architecture, and educational facilities in the United States and overseas. His latest scholarly work is a four-volume book on the transformations of society, culture, identity, cities, city planning and architecture of Iran during the times of modernity, the first volume of which has recently been published.

Agenda
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm) 
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and Short Presentations
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main presentation and Q&A

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