Tehran: From Sacred to Radical (Routledge, 2022) offers an understanding of the public spaces through political change, power struggle, and autocratic modernity manifested. It addresses the subject of politics in architecture and built environment by examining the various works in urban studies, architectural history, urban anthropology, urban sociology, cultural geographies, planning history, philosophy, and the broader social and political sciences. It also focuses on the less well-known traditions of architecture and democratic values drawing upon western and nonwestern perspectives to decolonize the notion of public space in the global south.
Dr. Asma Mehan is a researcher, educator, and architect working at the intersection of architectural humanities and critical urban studies. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University College of Architecture. She is the author of the books Tehran: from Sacred to Radical (London: Routledge, 2022) and Kuala Lumpur: Community, Infrastructure, and Urban Inclusivity (London: Routledge, 2020). Dr. Mehan is recently appointed as the Coordination Team (CT) leader of the Young Academics network of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP YA).