Date: Thursday Nov 22, 2018. This event is FREE and open to public. Registration required.
The third in a series of ten public events interrogating how architecture, planning and contemporary creativity enhance and affect both quality of life and sustainability in a range of Muslim contexts, co-produced by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and held in the iconic Aga Khan Centre (UK).
This lecture brings together three strands; the challenges faced in enhancing the quality of urban life for Muslim communities, which are then presented through fifteen projects that have received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture since its inception about forty years ago. The projects are either urban in nature, or architectural projects with a significant urban impact. Finally we will look at an open online course that has been developed for the Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) that addresses the topic of enhancing the quality of life for Muslim communities through these fifteen projects.
The coming together of these three subjects: enhancing the quality of urban life, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and open online courses, makes for an interesting combination. Thousands of projects have been nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture since its inception in 1977, and over 110 of these have received the Award. These projects have been extensively documented, and provide a highly valuable database regarding the evolution of the built environment across the lands of Islam (and also of non-Muslim areas with sizable Muslim populations) over the past four decades. The use of this wealth of knowledge and information as an educational tool, however, has unfortunately been rather limited. This open online course is among the very few courses that draw on this wealth of knowledge as an educational tool and uses it for the exploration of a very important subject. Moreover, by developing an open online course for this subject, access to the course is not limited to the students of a single university, usually an elite Western university, but is provided to students everywhere.
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