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With the aim of transforming the city of Tehran into a modern Western-like capital, in 1965, the Iranian government commissioned the first Tehran Master Plan to the visionary Los Angeles-based architects and urban planners Victor Gruen and Abdolaziz Farmanfarmaian. The plan was to be implemented in 25 years, however, a few years later, the project was interrupted and the radical reconfiguration of Tehran envisioned by the two architects was never fully realised.

City of Tales would have been a portrayal of present day-Tehran if its urban modernisation had not been frozen in the 1970s. Bathed in the fluorescence of Arabic signs scattered through the city and resonating of Persian voices, an altered Los Angeles landscape questions its own world-making status within dominant Western cultures.

Produced by Jonas Films. With the kind support of Han Nefkens Foundation.
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Arash Nassiri, City of Tales (2018) 16 min. 20”

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Utopia Tehran

Bernard Hourcade in conversation with Felice Moramarco

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Victor Gruen and Abdolaziz Farmanfarmaian, The Comprehensive Plan of Tehran, 1966.
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