THE NEW TEHRAN

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Cafès with graffiti on the walls in the same neighborhood where the police showed their toughest side in enforcing the Islamic Revolution dictates. Gardens with trees and ponds on the rooftops of 20-floor buildings to allow tenants to organize private parties. Even a museum of healing herbs with cannabis seedling under glass. That’s how Tehran has had a makeover.

Iran’s capital is a growing megalopolis, currently home to 14 million residents and will soon reach 20 millions. In fact, in nearby satellite cities such as Karaj and Parvis many popular skyscrapers have been built and were already sold for the future incorporation. But in the last few years the uncontrolled and rather ugly buildings of the ’80s,’ 90s, and 2000, have left room for the way to interesting news.

The nuclear deal is releasing economic resources and Iran looks increasingly to the West as a model to imitate. So, in addition to speculation that caused the prices of apartments to skyrocket (up to 70,000 € per square meter in North Tehran), the town has been enriched with new architectural ideas, like the former prison converted into a garden museum, or the popular theater in a disadvantaged area of the bazaar, and also the eco-village designed to attract tourism.