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40 Examples of Iranovation and Dubaichitecture

— October 7, 2008 — Art & Design
In terms of world-class innovation in the Middle East, most people probably think of Dubai before they’d think of Iran. However, Iran has produced and fostered incredibly talented individuals that shake up tradition, just as Dubai has done with its freewheeling, ultra-luxury architecture.

As with any culture, Iran’s counterculture is a force to contend with. Ashkan Sahihi’s ‘Kiss Kiss’ photography project, in which he is photographed kissing men and women with an open mouth, is certainly not something conservative Iranians would approve of. And in Tehran, fashion-savvy men sporting Western rocker hair must contend with the Basij religious police for their extreme hairstyles. All the while, however, there is change. Its most impressive form lies in architecture like Azadi (Shahyad) Square in Tehran or Kish Island, dubbed the “Dubai of Iran.”

Dubai is the world’s heavyweight champion when it comes to luxurious excesses. Some Dubai architects are so frustrated with the limitations of the naturally-created landscape that they seek to build their own. The Universe and Isla Moda are two such examples of ultra-exclusive manmade islands. It will be awhile before Iran reaches this height of opulent splendor--and perhaps that’s part of Iran’s appeal.
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Wireless Mesh Phone Networks for Skyscrapers
Wireless Mesh Phone Networks for Skyscrapers
Burj Dubai Gets Firetide Mesh
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World's Longest Arch Bridge
World's Longest Arch Bridge
667 Meter Bridge in Dubai
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Female Cadets in the Middle East
Female Cadets in the Middle East
Iran After the Islamic Revolution
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Billion Dollar Robotic Jurassic Park
Billion Dollar Robotic Jurassic Park
Restless Planet in Dubai
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Illegal Instrumentalists
Illegal Instrumentalists
Kenny G Music Does Not Strike a Chord With Iran
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Green Hollywood Architects
Green Hollywood Architects
Brad Pitt Designs Eco Hotel in Dubai
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Eco Activism in Iran
Eco Activism in Iran
Bloggers Try to Save Wetlands
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Future Dubai Cybertecture
Future Dubai Cybertecture
Du Tower
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Beijing Olympic Controversies
Beijing Olympic Controversies
Iran To Broadcast Female Competitors from China?
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Iranian Fashion
Iranian Fashion
Haniyeh Abedi Leads Industry
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Dreamworks Joins Dubailand
Dreamworks Joins Dubailand
World's First Dreamworks Theme Park
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Solar-Powered Hotel
Solar-Powered Hotel
Grand Hyatt Dubai
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Living Inside an iPod
Living Inside an iPod
The Shuffle Tower in Dubai
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5 Acre Dubai Real Estate Sign
5 Acre Dubai Real Estate Sign
World's Biggest Ad
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Champagne Inspired Buildings
Champagne Inspired Buildings
The Bubble Windows of Dubai's Pixel Tower
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Dubai Again At Forefront of Lavish Design
Dubai Again At Forefront of Lavish Design
The Wave Tower
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Celebrity Architects
Celebrity Architects
Pamela Anderson's Eco-Friendly Dubai Hotel
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Luxury Hotel Boom
Luxury Hotel Boom
6 Sumptuous Dubai Resorts
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$25 Million Mega-Parties
$25 Million Mega-Parties
Dubai Soiree Will Be Viewable from Space
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Multi-Cultural Projects in Dubai
Multi-Cultural Projects in Dubai
Museum of Middle East Modern Art
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All Wonders of the World in Dubai
All Wonders of the World in Dubai
Pyramid, Taj Mahal and More in Falcon City of Wonders
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Iranian Rocker Hair
Iranian Rocker Hair
Kids Fight to Keep Their Hair Styles
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50 Story Water Fountains
50 Story Water Fountains
Dubai To Blow Water into the Desert Air
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Dubai Builds Fashion Island
Dubai Builds Fashion Island
Isla Moda
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Fashion in Iran
Fashion in Iran
Masih Designs
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Governmental Fun with Photoshop
Governmental Fun with Photoshop
More Iran Tech Pix Revealed
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Cultural Fashion Invasions
Cultural Fashion Invasions
Mango Invades Iran & Iraq
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$35 Million Parties
$35 Million Parties
Kylie Minogue Gets $4.4 at Dubai Soiree
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Dubai Sky Photos
Dubai Sky Photos
View From 85th Floor of Burj Dubai
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Dancing Dubaichitecture
Dancing Dubaichitecture
Self-Powered Dynamic Eco-Architecture
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Peace Through Art
Peace Through Art
Seattle-Tehran Poster Show Unites Iran and USA
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Dubai's Next Man Made Island
Dubai's Next Man Made Island
The Universe
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Kids Fashion Week
Kids Fashion Week
Dubai Puts Children on the Catwalk
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Wheel Shaped Hotel
Wheel Shaped Hotel
Dubai Promenade
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Screaming Photography
Screaming Photography
Scream by Ashkan Sahihi
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Awesome Architecture in Iran
Awesome Architecture in Iran
Incredible Buildings You Never Knew About
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$25,000 Hotel Rooms
$25,000 Hotel Rooms
Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai
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Luxury Underwater Hotel in Dubai
Luxury Underwater Hotel in Dubai
Hydropolis to Open This Month
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Kissing Strangers as Art
Kissing Strangers as Art
Iranian Ashkan Sahihi Explores Sexuality with Photography
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