The Vertical Transmutation Knowledge Through Act of Reading Traditional Architecture



The architectural education along the way of creativity has often involved with the formal and physical aspects of design as an effort to read architectural artifacts through its mere external appearances. This article, however, aims to step beyond the manifestation of conventional perspectives on visual aspects of built environment. That is, an act of interpreting the architectural spaces through representing the hidden dimensions that lead us towards a critical knowledge perceived by the spontaneous conscience pertained to the past. The approach toward history in this research is not a mere historical description; rather it is aimed to discover a methodology of design on the basis of contextual reflections. Accordingly, the process of architectural transmutation has been analyzed through reading the Persian historical city of Kashan in successive urban scales so that the continuity of design process correlating the virtual times of past, present and future would be conceived as a methodology distinct from the prevailing innovational preoccupations.