23 08 2014

Thanks for visiting the site! We put tehranshake together several years ago and really enjoyed the great discussions and networks that came out of it. In 2011, we moved on to a different stage in our careers (we’re teaching and doing research now in civil engineering and environmental design). We haven’t been working on the site since then. We’ve left the site up just because we still make new friends through it. Feel free to browse, but please note that most of the information is outdated!



mood of tehran on a hot summer day

7 06 2010

It’s early in the morning; the city is awake. I meet friends to go hiking in “Daar Abaad” and enjoy the glorious mountains and waterfalls of north Tehran. We walk through the cold rivers and let the waterfalls run from our heads to the toes. How incredibly cold the water is and how good it feels! My clothes are all wet and how I enjoy the feeling. Alborz is sacred. People smile and say “khasteh nabaasheed” to us as they pass by. This is an unlikely scene in the chaos of the city. The best part is delicious Omelets in a traditional tea house after a few hours of hiking. Fresh bread with plain omelet made of eggs and tomatoes; and yes, there is always hot tea available. It’s almost noon when we return.

Walking slowly through the few remaining “koocheh baagh’s” of Tehran in Maghsood Beig in the afternoon, I inhale the air with greed and pleasure. Gardens are so rapidly disappearing here and are being replaced by tall buildings that seem to have nothing to do with one another or their surrounding nature. Many days of raining has clearly made an impact on the air and the mood of fellow Tehranies. I pass through Doctor Hessabi’s house and see a beautiful garden with a gorgeous old building in the middle, which is now a famous café with art galleries (café baagh e mouzeh). There is a long waiting list for out-door seating. Read the rest of this entry »

leaving tehran a solution?

13 04 2010

I received an email this morning, which may be a common question and the answer may be of interest to other Tehranies, especially as we are having many earthquakes around the world lately:


Email from Ms. XX:

Dear Shideh & Shawhin,

I was surfing internet to find information on Tehran earthquake and came across to your weblog. As a solution President announced that 5 million people should leave Tehran enabling his government to control the aftermath of Tehran earthquake.

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next five important earthquakes

20 10 2009

Interesting article in Time today:


Next five major (important) earthquakes expected to occur in: Los Angeles, Tokyo, Tehran, Pacific Northwest, Indonesia

“All of Iran lies within a major earthquake zone, and the country has suffered terrible temblors before — most recently in 2003, when a 6.8-magnitude quake leveled the ancient city of Bam and killed more than 30,000 people. But a similar quake in the congested capital of Tehran — where more than 7 million people live — would be a shattering catastrophe. Unlike building codes in other endangered cities such as San Francisco and Tokyo, Tehran’s are relatively lax, and many residents like in the sort of unreinforced-concrete houses that turn into death traps in the event of a strong quake. The Iranian Health Ministry once estimated that a 7-magnitude quake would destroy 90% of the city’s hospitals. Tehran is so threatened that there has been periodic talk about moving the capital.” — Time, Oct. 20th, 2009

looking at landscapes

17 09 2009

[SR] I’m taking a course this semester titled “cultural landscape methods.”  It’s in the geography department but covers concepts in architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture as well as social, economic, political dimensions.  This week we’re reading about J.B. Jackson.  Very interesting character.  In the US, he’s one of the pioneers of looking… really looking at everyday landscapes… as in land-scapes – or to paraphrase: human settlements or traces on the face of the earth.  He’s not a typical academic… but rather has a strong “common streak,” which I totally admire.   Read the rest of this entry »

towns without cars

12 05 2009

[by SR] Like many others, I’m sure, I’ve often fantasized about towns without cars – would it be feasible?  Maybe have a light rail line and perhaps routes for emergency services and perhaps shuttles for the elderly and disabled… but otherwise, no cars.  Anyhow, I just came across this interesting article in today’s New York Times: “In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nowruz message from Obama!

19 03 2009

تبریک سال نو از رییس جمهور امریکا ،اوباما

how interesting…



For those who can’t view this video, this is the text of his message:


THE PRESIDENT: Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world.

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