Call for Intl. Design Competition for Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel

The Urban Renewal Organization of Tehran (UROT) has called on designers and architects from around the world to submit their most innovative concept plans and designs for the ground level of Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel.

Built in 1944, the Tehran-Tabriz railway was one of the most important routes connecting the Iranian capital to Tabriz in country’s northwest. Gradually urban neighborhoods were created around the rail route which then created various environmental and social problems.

As part of a plan carried out from 2007 to 2013, a tunnel was built by the railway company so that trains would pass from underground. As a result of this project, some 50 hectares of land has been released and Tehran Municipality aims to regenerate it by building new public spaces.

The area is a corridor of 9 km in length which lies in districts 17 and 18 – Tehran’s southwest.


Based on published information, the 1st prize of the competition is 1.25 billion Iranian rials. The second and third place prizes are 8 and 4.5 billion Iranian rials respectively.


Important Dates

Stages Date
1 Announcement and Public Call Oct 27, 2018
2 Registration Oct 27 – Nov 4, 2018
3 Preliminary Review and Declaring the Qualified Teams & Participants Nov 4 to 5, 2018
4 First phase: Submission of Concept Plans Nov 5 – Dec 5, 2018
5 1st Jury & 1st announcement of winners Dec 8, 2018
6 Second phase: Submission of 3D Comprehensive Plan Dec 9, 2018 – Jan 28, 2019
7 2nd Jury & Announcement of Final Winners Feb 6, 2019
8 Holding the Expo, Delivering Prizes and Closing Feb 7-11, 2019

For further information about the competition please visit the municipality’s website or click here.

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