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11 July 2016

Pejman Foundation: Café Musée Project presents a panel discussion, moderated by Sara Kamalvand on the occasion of "Mapping Mehrgerd" exhibition at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA).

"Mapping Mehrgerd" is a project for the revival of Tehran’s oldest Qanat, (700 years old, 200 l/sec going to waste), through the proposal of a garden festival, along a green walk that goes from the Qanat’s mother source, to its exutory, over a five kilometer path. Elements of the Persian garden will be used in a sequential procession that will take the visitor through some of the city’s most iconic buildings and will culminate in Golestan Palace, where the Qanat’s water will be brought back to use. The project positions the Qanat as a resumptive figure, allowing water conservation and urban renewal to correlate through the awakening of ancient skills.

The round table will evaluate the opportunities and challenges of the Tehran Filtering Garden Festival as an experimental urban project that can assist the city’s current will to preserve and revive the downtown core all the while remediating issues of ecology and air pollution. Mehrgerd qanat currently discharges 200 liters of water per second in Tehran’s sewage system. Conserving this wasted water is eminent, but bringing it back to surface, and ensuring the wellbeing of its trajectory poses challenges that are political, social and technical. The debate will address questions of responsibility, management, and public space.

Gilbert Fillinger, Director of the Art, City and Landscape Festival, Amiens France
Ali Mohammad Saadati, Architect, Head of Urban projects of the 12th District Municipality of Tehran
Ahmad Maleki, Engineer, Qanat Specialist, Tehran
Eskandar Mokhtari, Architect, Professor at Azad University, Heritage Preservation