The Monumental Public Space embodies whose Collective Memory?‎ Exploring Imam Ali Square in local tradespersons’ experience

Document Type : Original Article


1 َAssistant Professor, University of Tehran

2 MA in Urban Design, University of Tehran


To embody a collective history of Isfahan through a symbolic and monumental physical space, the ‎recent past (Sabzeh Meidan) is replaced by a new place named Imam Ali square. This research, ‎emphasizing the political aspect of memory and forgetting\remembering, has approached a critical ‎turning towards the experience of a social group that is ignored in the mentioned project. This ‎study, adopting grounded theory methodology and interview method, explores the lived experience ‎of those local tradespersons in the area who are still working there. The concept of “semantic ‎inversion of the monument”, as the core category in research findings, describes the nature of the ‎monument construction in experience of the studied group. Produced as “imaginative geographies”, ‎monumental public spaces could inverse the top-down organized memories through local ‎narratives.


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