A journey through Iran & the Netherlands

Sannaz Rasouli hails from Sweden but has family connections in Iran and presented slides from her recent visit.

Sannaz examined several structures including:

  • Siosepol “33 arches”
  • stone bridge completed in 1602
  • the Golestan Palace
  • a complex consists of 17 structures including palaces, museums, and halls and one of the oldest building in Tehran
  • the marble clad Azadi tower, built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire
  • Milad tower, a 435m tall concrete structure, the sixth tallest tower in the world, built in 2007

Job Augustijn Van Der Werf (2nd year) who hails from the Netherlands began his presentation by reminiscing about his own family childhood visiting the seaside before looking at costal management and flood alleviation.

Job presented slides showing the use of sand dunes, dikes, dams and floodgates used to combat storm surges from the North Sea and emphasized that the engineering philosophy is based on living with water. Job concluded his presentation by examining where engineering practice from the Netherlands has been employed around the globe.

What our students say

I really enjoyed Sannaz's presentation because of how Islamic architecture and engineering seems to be forgotten. Especially from that region of the world. A region that contributed to engineering and mathematics in many aspects. So it was really nice to see and hear some good things being said for a change.
Mohammed Othman, UK /Lybia