Resurgent Urbanism: The Challenge to Middle Eastern Cities (01/01/2017)

2A Magazine #26, Ahmad Zohadi, Editorial

Resurgent Urbanism: The Challenge to Middle Eastern Cities


"Art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity."

Leo Tolstoy

Art is generally defined as being the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination typically in a visual form such as painting, calligraphy or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
However art has a deeper psychological and spiritual impact which needs to be considered when one wants to understand the effects and implications of art on our lives.

Art comes at us from all angles and has so ever since man has been able to show an appreciation for that social culture. And art affects all aspects of our lives. Various forms of art are so significant because they not only underline and illustrate the uniqueness of each different culture and society, but also at a deeper level indicates the similarity and unity of all races and human beings.

As Leo Tolstoy has expressed that art " is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity".

Architecture is not only a form of art, but also many other forms of arts effect architecture in direct and indirect ways. Whenever we want to achieve any positive and creative task, the needed conditions should be provided. one of the most important and essential condition is architectural and environmental "space" where the creativity will happen, therefore it can be seen that architecture which itself is one of the seven categories of art, it also plays a critical role in creative flourishing of other art forms.

2A magazine has created a forum which focuses on architecture and art separately , in order to illustrate their interdependence and also to demonstrate the ways which we can create a specific architectural space which helps in the growth and improvement of our artistic creativity and in getting the desired result.
Therefore it can be seen that architecture and various forms of art when utilized properly and if it is aligned with the progressive culture and valuable religious and traditional beliefs and customs, can play a significant role in directing the consciousness of the citizens of any society toward the ideal goal, which is a healthy, creative and progressive society in all dimensions .

2A magazine realizes this necessity and thus continually organizing its activities in such a way that it encourages and promotes the further integration of architecture and art into our daily lives and societies, and as a responsible media , to facilitate and help in the expansion and growth of architectural and artistic creativity around the globe, specially in the middle east.


Photo: Ahmad Zohadi
Agha Bozorg Mosque School (Masjed-e Agha Bozorg) Kashan, Architect:Haj Shabanali