Optimization of the Shahrak-e Golestan’s neighborhood in Teheran

Teheran, Iran’s capital is one of the biggest world’s agglomeration with more than 12 millions inhabitants and a population growing rate of 2,6% per year. The annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Union of the world’s 140 major metropolises and least liveable cities in 2013 ranked the Iran’s capital at the number 131, as one of the less liveable and most polluted cities in the world. Hence the Iran’s capital low environmental performances together with its rapid unintentional development, makes pressing the needs to activate sustainable actions. But it makes this megacity an extraordinary study case to test IMM® methodology. The research selected the Shahrak-e Golestan neighbourhood, located in 22nd district, in the northwest part of the city due to its own various characteristics, such as common building typologies and its morphology; moreover, the spatial analysis has revealed that the chosen district is expressing one of the highest urban growth and densification rate in respect to the other Teheran’s districts. The research wished demonstrate how the transformation of an intermediate scale could play role of a catalyst to initiate a chain reaction, able to transforms the entire structure of the city seen as a CAS.