Tehran

Tehran

Cultivating Tehran


Not long ago, Tehran was a small village surrounded by gardens, a city watered with the seven ravines passing through the city from the northern mountains. Fast modernization has changed the city’s relation to its rural land and food production chains. Though the invaluable agriculture infrastructure is still there, the growing city has erased most of the lands and gardens. Tehran has one of the highest average precipitation among the central cities of Iran and a network of streams and aqueducts run under and through the city. Simultaneously with a cultural shift regarding urban farming, a new social group of newcomer farmers is taking foot in the city. By incorporating the skills of this growing group into the city structure, the food production chain in Tehran can be more efficient and resilient. As proposed to City of Tehran, the deployment of a three-layered urban farming system can make the city more resilient in regards to food resources. The first layer includes the network of cultivable patches of left-over urban spaces. The second layer is based on a trackable network of pop-up farming units that serve as production and distribution hubs. The third layer is the application of social media platforms in making urban farms operate in an interconnected customer network.