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Institute for Islamic Culture Paris

Paris, France
2009   Mikou Design Studio

The Institute for Islamic Culture is more than a building. It is a prototype, a new and totally original space which aims to articulate cultural functions and worship, to combine research, diffusion of knowledge, the contemporary arts and spirituality.
The IIC reveals itself as a cascading movement of volumes as the building is detached level by level to express the richness and variety of activities. The poetics of movement are also expressed in the structural system of the project, based on the figure of the arch, symbolic and iconic in Islamic culture. The classic system of pillars and beams is replaced in the project by a principle of structural arabesques, arches following gentle curves that intersect non-orthogonally. The colour white expresses the purity of the abstraction. The use of white in the project is an invitation for the expression of colour in all Islamic cultures. It symbolically reunites all colours and reflects light, showing by contrast the glazed openings. It is also found in the metallic arches extruded from the façade that ensure the privacy of the spaces and provide solar shading.

 

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An Idealized Design for Carfree Cities and Its Application in the Real World

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J.H. Crawford


ABSTRACT

At a conference entitled “Making Cities Livable,” one can reasonably expect general agreement that cars are the most difficult design problem facing in cities today. While most people here probably accept that fewer cars are better and that no cars would be ideal, many may have trouble with the notion that it would actually be possible and practical to remove all cars and trucks from a large urban area while simultaneously improving its economic competitiveness.

I have proposed an idealized case for car- and truck-free cities, what I call a “reference design.” It is based entirely on rail systems for heavy transport, with local transport and light freight delivery provided by walking and cycling. I will describe in some detail the elements of and rationale for this reference design, and then consider its application to both new and existing urban sites. Variations from the reference design will be required in the real world, but the design can still be guided by the reference design. The resulting compact cities would be highly sustainable, offer a quality of life second only to Venice, and can compete with auto-centric cities in the global economy.

 

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Avenue Mosque in Kuwait

The mosque, Avenues Masjid,  is said to be designed by Zahad Hadid for a commercial area in Kuwait city. No reliable source confirmed such information. It is mostly displayed in some Kuwait websites.

Medinanet open discussion on this project in the light of the Islamic Architecture ethics and principles.

Its  outer form, that is the only part displayed for the public  is very controversial. The design of a mosque dictates a multidirection approach that responds to various requirements such as urban setting, internal functionality, spiritual values, cultural context, etc.

A mosque is mostly an inward looking space where most activities are taking place in isolation from the outerworld. Material aspect of mosques thus becomes secondary in the design of mosques. Does this formal approach  turn architecture, especially when it comes to religious buildings, into a matter of visual consumption?

Prayer in mosques is conventionally made in parallel rows that are set behind the Imam. The length of first rows is recommended in Islam. A columnless space also helps in insuring the continuity of these rows. The Qibla wall is recommended to be opaque and simple. Can such a curved form fit the function of the mosque that is mostly dictated by the mode of the Islamic prayer, conteemplation and spirituality?

In relation to context, most mosques were and still are nodes in the city where roads and streets converge to them. They were entirely integrated in the urban fabrics and only known by their minarets and gates. Their courtyards were surrounded by shops and public open spaces that generated  community life.  Doesn’t  this trend of isolated pieces of architecture accelerate  the desintegration of cities and the continuity  of the modernism spirit that is based on competitivity, and hegemony of architects names?

Is creatvity  shifitng architecture to a mere game of forms and subjective play of desires?

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The First Built Environment Development Symposium

Real Estate and Housing sustainability Organized by College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The First Built Environment Development Symposium: Real Estate Development and Housing Sustainability aims to reach future sustainable real estate and housing development which maintains the attained achievements while leading the physical development of the country in a scientific and practical manner away from individual interpretations and arbitrary decisions and resolve the problem of high cost real estate.  The Symposium will take place on  17-19 Zul Qaedah 1431 corresponding to 25-27 October 2010. The events will run in two places: in the College of Architecture and Planning and in Dammam Chamber of Commerce building. For more information see: http://www.bedsym.org/eng

the 4th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries

The School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia will organise the 4th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries on 1-2 December 2010.  The 4th ICBEDC 2010 aims to cover a variety of topics related to built environment in developing countries. Presenters and participants are advised to submit their abstract before June 30, 2010 via email: icbedc2010@gmail.com or fax: +604-6564067. For further information, please email to icbedc2010@gmail.com and refer to conference’s website:  http://www.hbp.usm.my/icbedc10/