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Ahvaz, between Uruk and the Parai-Daiza, Gilgamesh and Utnapishtim
  Pedro B. Ortiz Santo Ahvaz Iran Metropolitan Metro Matrix Structural Strategic Planning
  The Epic of Gilgamesh, the first ever epic, represented the confrontation of the city and the countryside. The submission of the countryside (Enkidu) to the city (Gilgamesh). Both become friends and complement each other. Wishful thinking… That has not been the case for the 3.000 years since it was written. The city has exploited the rural as the outsider to be under its control. Metro-Matrix presents for the first time a dialogue among both, possible at the metropolitan scale where rural and urban have to be integrated for the sake of trendy sustainability and climate change. The definition of Uruk in the final lines of the Epic represents the metropolitan digit unit of the Metro-Matrix: The BUD.
In the other hand, Ahvaz is at the edge of the submerged Eden of the Torah and the Bible. With the Ice Age, sea level was 100 meters lower and the Paradise (Parai-Daiza in old Avestan: “Royal Walled Garden”) described junction of the 4 rivers is now under the Persian Gulf. Ahvaz is the closest city to that location, and the Ahvaz river, the Gihon, (Karun) is one of the four rivers of Paradise. Adam and Eve drunk from its waters.
With this inheritance, one of the most important ones in the world, Ahvaz must be to the challenge of the metropolitan age. It has to succeed to show the path, as it has done, with Uruk, for 6.000 years of urbanization history. The Metro-Matrix is the instrument for it.