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Omid Kamvari: 21st Century Middle Eastern city


Image: Kamvari Architects, D3 Housing 2012, Tehran, Iran

“One cannot make architecture without studying the condition of life in the city” Aldo Rossi

Talk 18.45 – 20.00

Drinks reception 20.00 – 21.00; Canapés by Din Din Kitchen

In recent times it seems that we have become victims of cities rather than wilful participants in their growth and design. Architecture has a responsibility to record social and cultural changes, and can be described as the manifestation of our cultural ambitions. In a globalised, flat world where information boundaries and borders are disappearing, this has resulted in the disappearance of the vernacular and identity from our urban centres.

Humans are social creatures and enjoy interaction; the city balances the environment, society and economy to create conditions for such interactions to take place. The success of this has resulted in an influx of people towards urban centres. With predictions stating that by 2050, 75 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban centres, we need to critically look at the way in which we imagine and plan the cities of the future and look at rebalancing the scales.

This talk, which is part of our Architecture Asia series, will discuss the role of architecture in the 21st century city, and how moving from the current exclusive model of city planning to an inclusive one will bring us closer to rebalancing social, environmental and economic concerns.

This talk is followed by a reception for the exhibition Latent Urbanism Exhibition, 11 – 26 November, curated  by Omid Kamvari at Asia House. The multi-disciplinary exhibition explores novel approaches to occupying and utilising cities as well as the unused and unrealised potential within them. Click here for more details.

Omid Kamvari is a British-Iranian architect, researcher and educator. His main areas of interest are architecture and urbanism, digital design and manufacturing, vernacular design and performance- orientated design.

He specialised in Emergent Technologies and Design and has since continued with research within this field. He established Kamvari Architects in London in 2011 

They currently operate from their base in East London with another office in Tehran. He has been teaching across the Middle East since 2006 and currently directs the AA Tehran and Baku Visiting Schools. He previously directed the AA Muscat Visiting School and taught in Dubai.

Kamvari Architects has been named Best for High-End Residential Architecture-London & Design Office of the Year 2016 in Build Magazine’s 2015 Architecture Awards.


Kamvari Architects


We thank Din Din Kitchen for generously providing the canapés for the evening, in celebration of the launch of their new Oxford Circus branch.


About Architecture Asia

Asia House presents a new series of talks, exploring the impact various architects from around the world have had on architectural innovation either through working in Asia, or being inspired by their connection to Asia, and how this informs their work internationally.

The aim is to foster relations, raise awareness and promote a discourse around new cityscapes and buildings for the 21st century, whilst reflecting on the role of architects in relation to our architectural heritage, customs and our built environment.

To see the other events in the Architecture Asia series click here. 


November 18, 2015
18:45 - 21:00
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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