In Tehran 90% of the daily and periodical publications are distributed through the 973 (legitimate or illegitimate) newspaper kiosks located in various parts of the city. The display spaces of these kiosks is so limited that newspapers and magazines often have to be laid on adjacent sidewalks or hung from the nearest trees. Over 60 percent of the kiosks in Tehran function illegitimately regarding their spatial arrangements and the management of the kiosk is pursued through a continuous re-negotiation of its space. The project Kiosk # 974 approaches the constrained spatial condition of newspaper kiosk as a metonymy for the condition of the press in Iran.
The first part of this ongoing project is developed with the collaboration of the architect Kianoosh Vahabi, and is essentially a proposal for a new design for the newspaper kiosks in Tehran which is based on the re-adaptation of displays and accommodations that embody the disputed space of the kiosk. The 1:1 model is further supplemented by a one-off newspaper with texts and drawings and a series of video-interviews with different kiosk workers in Tehran about their views on the spatial and economical conditions of the newsstand.