“Geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one’s mind right. All its proofs are very clear and orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometric reasoning, because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus the mind that constantly applies itself to geometry is unlikely to fall into error …”
– Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic geometric designs are admired worldwide for their beauty and marvellous intricacy, yet in truth they are seldom understood. Indeed, their complexity and artistry can seem almost beyond the powers of human ingenuity. In this lecture and workshop, artist and teacher Eric Broug analyses and explains these complex designs in their historical and physical context.
Free and open to the public, Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC) and Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) hosts a lecture and workshop on Islamic geometric designs at MIT, with Eric Broug. Workshop registration is limited to 30. Sign up now – details on the attached flyer.
EVENT: Lecture & Workshop on Islamic Geometric Design
DATE & Time:
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST – Room 3-I33
Lecture: What Constitutes Excellence in Islamic Geometric Design?
Historical and Contemporary Best Practices
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST – Room E25-117
Workshop: A Practical Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design?
VENUE: Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, 210 Building 7-238, Cambridge, MA
About Eric Broug
Eric Broug has been studying islamic geometry for over fifteen years, initially in Amsterdam, Holland. He is mostly self-taught, relying on a handful of books and a lot of practice to master this craft.
Eric moved to the United Kingdom in 2000 to attend VITA (Visual Islamic & Traditional Arts) at the Prince’s Foundation in London. He completed his MA in the History of Islamic Architecture at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), also in London. At SOAS, Eric specialized in the history of Mamluk architecture in Cairo, and in the history of muqarnas. He received a British Museum scholarship award in recognition of his research.
Eric’s passion for Islamic architecture and geometry is in equal parts academic and artistic. He is fascinated by the context in which Islamic geometric design was made. Who were the craftsmen? What was their position in society, were they numerate, were they literate?
About Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT & Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard
Situated within the MIT Libraries, the Aga Khan Documentation Center, a part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT and Harvard, was established in 1979 by a gift from His Highness the Aga Khan. The Center supports teaching of, and research on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism,environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on the research and teaching activities of the faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows at AKPIA.
The Center funds acquisitions and cataloging of visual and printed documentation on the visual and material cultures of the Islamic world, building rich collections in all languages and formats in these subject areas. In addition, the Center provides research, reference, and outreach services. The Aga Khan Documentation Center acquires research materials not commonly found in other collections in North America for the MIT Libraries, including a wide range of specialized periodicals, monographs on architecture, urban planning and development, maps, and documents of preservation and planning authorities. Through the acquisition of select personal archives, the Documentation Center is a repository of primary research materials.
A part of the Documentation Center, the Aga Khan Visual Archive consists of nearly 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment. Begun in 1980 with images donated by graduate students traveling on AKPIA Travel Grants, scholars, architectural firms, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Archive continues to grow. Images in the Archive document historic and contemporary sites in the Islamic world, including many sites not found in any published resource or those that are no longer accessible or have been destroyed.
In addition, the Aga Khan Documentation Center is responsible for the curation of the intellectual and content core of Archnet, a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations. Over the past ten years, Archnet has worked to provide digital access to the collections of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Aga Khan Documentation Centers at MIT and Harvard, resulting in a growing library of over 79,000 images and 6,000 publications.
The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries is partnered with the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. Harvard and MIT affiliates have reciprocal access to library collections at both institutions. The Centers provide, acquire, and borrow materials necessary to produce the best scholarship possible and through planned activities, aim to play a significant role in bringing together the various interests and fields of inquiry from both institutions.
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