Name, first nameFatemehYear of birth1990UniversityHEADField of Interest / research fieldSpatial DesignTitle of projectLES ESPACES VOILÉSAbstract"The veiled spaces" uncovers a narrative from Iran during the 1930’s where women of this generation sought who regain control of existing spaces in pursuit of new ways to traverse towns and cities. This re-appropriation is a direct consequence and reaction from the "Kashf Hijab" law which referred to the abolition of veiling, set up by the Reza Shah during the Pahlavi era (1925-1979). Some women in defiance who selected to continue veiling developed innovative and new strategies to bypass the new legislation and prosecution including the use of alternative spaces and pathways. The House of Abbassian represents an additional point of interest as its unique architecture offered women the possibility to traverse Kashan discreetly while veiled. A network of largely undiscovered/mapped passages to this day, provided women of Kashan with a city of many levels and increased autonomy. A simple question remains however, what was the original purpose of these passages? The re-appropriation and redefinition of spaces constructed by men within a largely patriarchal system, by Iranian women represents a truly unique and powerful outcome. What methods did women of Kashan use to bypass imposed restraints on their freedom of movement while maintaining their freedom of expression? This paper will outline a comprehensive analysis of these methods and the significance of the women’s ingenuity.TutorsSébastien Quéquet