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Tajrish Bazaar is one of the main markets in Tehran, iran. The design proposal is a designated area for women’s occupation only, private from the rest of the Bazaar.
Slide 2
Privacy layers emulate Islamic methods typically used to conceal women’s covered body. Diagrams show the amount of exposure that is allowed for a woman in public in Iran.
Slide 3
Veiled fabric entrance, laser cut with traditional patterns, portrays the cloth women must wear in public.
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The Main Gallery extends upwards to veil the first story. Seated brick partitions and colored glass provide controlled views to the outside.
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Fabric and Veil Studies explore Persian patterns, evoking the traditional essence of the Bazaar.
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From the sitting hallway, men and women detect blurred silhouettes of women inside the zone. The effect is controversial but does not violate the law of limited exposure for women.

Invisible ExposureAn Unveiled Bazaar

In Iran today, due to religious dress code restrictions dictating what women may wear in public, the female population is limited to wearing highly specific types of clothing. My thesis critiques female comfort in public as a result of the current oppressed fashion for Iranian women and proposes a transformation of women’s veiled social presence at a scale of a small interior space within a typical Persian market. By designing a small veiled space within the marketplace – a space that is typically repressive for women in so far as they have to be veiled – I provide Iranian women a novel opportunity for self-expression through a variety of multi-use spaces within which they do not need to be veiled.

Thesis Advisor: Alexa Griffith-Winton