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2009 Awards Jury Commendation for Innovation Entries



Chalabi-Oqlu Complex, Soltanieh 

The Chalabi-Oqlu complex is a mausoleum with attached Sufi lodge probably dating to the fourteenth century, located in Soltanieh, Iran, the capital of the Mongol Ilkhan Empire. The tomb is probably that of Oulu Aref Chalabi, the grandson of the Sufi leader and poet Mevlana Jalal-ed Din Rumi. The adjacent lodge would have housed adherents of the Mevlevi Order he founded. The complex was in almost complete ruin, with collapsed walls and vaulting, and has been restored as a tourist destination.

Urban Restoration in Historic Tabriz, Tabriz

This project has targeted several different built entities along the historic bazaar axis of Tabriz, a 2.5 km. artery leading from the Shotorban Bazaar to the Eastern Gate of the city, and the usual transit route of Silk Road trade. The conserved monuments along the axis include the Sahebolamr complex, comprising a square, a mosque and a school, and the important Kaboud or Blue Mosque, as well much of the historic commercial property that lines the route. These are all vital components of the ancient Bazaar District, which has been put forward as a candidate for the World Heritage List. With construction largely of brick and including pre-Islamic elements, the buildings addressed were in varying states of disrepair. The conservation effort aims to strengthen the Bazaar District’s World Heritage candidacy and promote Tabriz as a tourist destination, as well as improve the lives of the residents of this historic, threatened quarter.