The day of Hafez

Hafez was known as a Persian poet who “lauded the joys of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy.” , I have read this poem before in my free time and I really enjoyed. Today is The Day of Hafez, I tend to show my respect and faithfulness to this matchless poet by posting the sketch of his tomb I draw and one of my favorite poems of his.

For years my heart was in search of the Grail
What was inside me, it searched for, on the trail

That pearl that transcends time and place
Sought of divers whom oceans sail

My quest to the Magi my path trace
One glance solved the riddles that I Braille

Found him wine in hand and happy face
In the mirror of his cup would watch a hundred detail

I asked, “when did God give you this Holy Grail?”
Said, “on the day He hammered the world’s first nail!”

Even the unbeliever had the support of God
Though he could not see, God’s name would always hail.

All the tricks of the mind would make God seem like fraud
Yet the Golden Calf beside Moses’ rod would just pale.

And the one put on the cross by his race
His crime, secrets of God would unveil

Anyone who is touched by God’s grace
Can do what Christ did, without fail.

And what of this curly lock that’s my jail
Said this is for Hafiz to tell his tale.

 

My experience as an Executive Secretary of Future City International Seminar and Workshop – Urban Design & its Governance

Couple weeks ago we run International Seminar and Workshop with 574 participations. It’s a great honor to be a part of this event as an Executive Secretary. The main lecturer of this Seminar was Professor Matthew Carmona, who is a well-known professor in urban design, from UCL, UK.
The first step of this seminar and workshop started about 18 months ago. we coordinated with several government agencies and ministry of Road and Urban Development to support this event. I have to mention that all Iranian famous urban designers and urban planners took part in this event.

 

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How to study smart?

This summer and autumn I met some clever and smart students who are getting ready for university entrance exam in master degree. Very soon we made a good friendship with each other and I found their concerns about passing university entrance exam as mine. But after they attend in the quizzes, they couldn’t achieve a good score. I thought the main reason that they can’t achieve a good score is that they don’t study enough. But after surfing in net I found that main reason of this issue is the way they study. I want to share the result of this research with you because I think it can be useful for other students.

 

The first research about good habits of studying and increasing productivity was done in the first decade of 19th. Those days research, resulted as assigned specific desk or devote specific time to study. These are a necessary condition but not a sufficient condition.
After following a research which is a team of three psychologists done in the middle of 1970, a parameter such as change your study space or interrupting a log study can make a change in your efficiency. The detailed research process is as follow: the psychologists chose 40 persons as the same IQ and they gave them forty words with four letters to remember. They review the word once more. During this research people separated to the 2 group: the first group tried to remember the word in a room with sufficient light and after a time period they were asked to review the words with same conditions, the second group tried to remember the words same as the first group, but they had to review the words in the new room with different condition.
In the exam time, there were 10 minutes for every student to write down the words, the results were amazing. The first group wrote 16 words on average, but on the other hand, the second group wrote down 24 words on average. This simple change in the room improved their learning 40 percent.
Totally. not only where you study is important but also how you study is considered as a part of the environmental condition, pay attention to them! Items such as highlighting tips, write down the tips or type them are effects on your learning.
From now, for reviewing a book you have read change conditions. If you don’t have the ability to change the atmosphere, change your study mode. Study when you stand, if you are sitting. If you are studying while you are sitting change your position or even study when you are walking. All these tiny hints can effect on your reading quality. This changes can include time of reading (if you study in the morning, change it to evening), place of reading, the condition of reading (if you study in silence, change it on reading with music for review the book) and etc.
For staying your mind fresh, keep changing in your life change your café shop, change a direction between home and office.
The conclusion I found was that if we want to learn in the hard situation, we have to be busy with learning, at any time and any condition.

My first experience as a Mentor

Finally, Urban Design Sketching Courses in 2015 has finished. It was my first teaching experience. I wish all 148 students – whom become my friends- will be successful not only in their exam but also in all entire life.

During last couple months, Urban Design Network Society was full of keen students all around the clock.  I’m looking forward to hearing good news from them.