About ArchNet

ArchNet is an international Online community developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture, in close cooperation with, and with the full support of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is a private, non-denominational, international development agency with programmes dedicated to the improvement of built environments in societies where Muslims have a significant presence.

ArchNet is a growing global community of scholars, students, and professionals concerned with architecture, planning, and landscape design. ArchNet provides these individuals with:

• Comprehensive architectural resources
• New perspectives on the built environment
• Insights into Islamic design and culture

ArchNet seeks to enable participants to learn how to enhance the quality of the built environment in their communities; to compensate for a lack of resources at their academic institutions; to honor the rich legacy of their cultures; and to celebrate the humanistic traditions of Islam.

The community can help each other by sharing expertise, local experience, resources, and dialogue. Members are urged to take on a pro-active role in the community. ArchNet provides an extensive, high-quality, globally accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture and planning issues and includes restoration, conservation, housing, landscape, urban planning, and related concerns. By providing the largest and most comprehensive digital library on the architecture of the Muslim world, ArchNet aims to foster interaction, collaboration, and debate around these resources. Through the use of online forums, chat rooms, and debates, it is hoped that the site can encourage and promote discussions amongst participants. ArchNet is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. It is a bottom-up system, in which information flows from the user to a continually expanding database which can be shared by all. The system is designed to promote ready inter-communication and maintenance of an international scholarly community of ArchNet members.

ArchNet is a borderless network of institutions contributing to, and learning from each other. New computer and telecommunication technologies have great potential for supporting communication and collaboration among architectural and planning students, faculty, scholars, and practitioners throughout the world. ArchNet provides opportunities for realising this potential.

Membership is free and your personal information will be kept confidential. Registration only takes a few moments and is necessary for those who would like the ability to be able to contribute to ArchNet.

Members can contribute by adding their individual image collections and files in their personal Workspace; they can add events to the Digital Calander; post a topic or a response in the Discussion Forum; create a Group Workspace with other members from around the globe; work with their institution to create an Institution Workspace to make student work and faculty research available to the larger community; and, add to the academic directory or link to web resources in the Reference Section of the Digital Library. To find out more how you can contribute please go to the Help Module.
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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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